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Turkey: Road-map for Kurds discussed at Ankara international Kurdish peace conference01:07

Turkey: Road-map for Kurds discussed at Ankara international Kurdish peace conference

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November 9, 2013 at 16:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

Turkey: Road-map for Kurds discussed at Ankara international Kurdish peace conference

The Ankara-based International Middle East Peace Research Centre (IMPR) began a two-day conference on Saturday titled 'Kurds discussing peace, democracy and solution models', making the get-together the first of its kind for Kurds in Ankara's history.

With the attendance of representatives from Kurdish parties in Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran, the first day of the meeting highlighted the settlement process launched by the Turkish government in September to end the country's conflict with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

As one of the speakers at the conference, Hemin Hawrami, head of foreign relations of Kurdistan Democratic Party-Iraq, spoke about a plan for a political road-map to be implemented for Kurds. He said: "The Kurdish question in Turkey proved that no military incursion, no security solution, no assimilation and no denial can manage to wipe the Kurds out of existence, or out of their land.

"And also the armed struggle proved, that through arms and violence, Kurds cannot achieve a sustainable solution for their cause. So that is why it is very, very important that after defining this problem to have a road-map."

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan invoked reforms in late September designed to end violence between the PKK and the state, and improve the rights of Kurdish people, yet the Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) and the PKK rejected the amendments to be an 'elections package'.

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Turkey: Road-map for Kurds discussed at Ankara international Kurdish peace conference

The Ankara-based International Middle East Peace Research Centre (IMPR) began a two-day conference on Saturday titled 'Kurds discussing peace, democracy and solution models', making the get-together the first of its kind for Kurds in Ankara's history.

With the attendance of representatives from Kurdish parties in Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran, the first day of the meeting highlighted the settlement process launched by the Turkish government in September to end the country's conflict with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

As one of the speakers at the conference, Hemin Hawrami, head of foreign relations of Kurdistan Democratic Party-Iraq, spoke about a plan for a political road-map to be implemented for Kurds. He said: "The Kurdish question in Turkey proved that no military incursion, no security solution, no assimilation and no denial can manage to wipe the Kurds out of existence, or out of their land.

"And also the armed struggle proved, that through arms and violence, Kurds cannot achieve a sustainable solution for their cause. So that is why it is very, very important that after defining this problem to have a road-map."

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan invoked reforms in late September designed to end violence between the PKK and the state, and improve the rights of Kurdish people, yet the Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) and the PKK rejected the amendments to be an 'elections package'.

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