Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan evaluated the Kurdish initiative in his latest speech for the holiday. Erdogan criticized the opposition and said that those who call themselves the opposition, oppose the Kurdish initiative but they refuse to meet with the AKP representatives to discuss the contents of the initiative. He stated that noone could call the AK Party separatist and those who say that AKP was dividing Turkey are the ones who were separatists.
Erdogan said that resolving the Kurdish issue was in their agenda when they founded the party and it was not the only issue. He stated that they would also tackle other issues such as the minority problem, the Alevi problem and unemployment. Erdogan said that they also visited and cooperated with other political parties, non-governmental organizations, academicians and experts to resolve the problems.
Erdogan expressed that they never addressed illegal organizations and illegal people in their initiatives but only the nation because their party was founded by the nation. He emphasized that they walked with the nation and it was the nation who drew path they were following.
Source: ntvmsnbc, Yeni Safak (Turkey), September 20, 2009
Date Posted: September 23, 2009