Ahmet Türk: I prefer ‘yes’ from a conscientious and ethical standpoint

Interview wth Ahmet Türk, co-chairman of the Kurdish Democratic Society Congress (DTK)

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has made another move and topped the country’s agenda.

What sort of developments may we expect from the region? Why does the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) insist on boycotting the referendum although this means shooting itself in the foot? The questions can go on. And these questions were answered by the co-chairman of the BDP-affiliated Democratic Society Congress (DTK), Ahmet Türk…

Do you really want the Kurdish problem to be solved?

We not only want it to be solved, but also are ready to do anything to this end. Our sole desire is to put an end to the suffering and create a country where people can live freely, equally and peacefully. Who benefits from lack of a solution? We do not benefit from it. Rather, we are victimized by it. The lack of solution leads to the growth of hatred and anger.

Now consider this: You are the ruling party and you are supposed to deal with a problem, which hasn’t been resolved for 80 years. What would your approach be?

A problem that’s been unresolved for 80 years means that the core of the issue has always been ignored. Today’s conditions are different. There is now a group that does not accept the denial of their language, culture and identity. If people express their demands, then the problem can be solved in a more constructive manner. Acceptance of Kurdish identity is neither the state’s nor the government’s favour. It is the right of the Kurdish people.

September 5, 2010

Read full interview:
<http://www.sundayszaman.com/sunday/detaylar.do?load=detay&link=220979>

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