Friday, October 9, 2009

Is the Glass Half Empty or Fully Empty?

Turkey's Kurdish Initiative

Recent moves in Turkey to address the country's long-standing "Kurdish issue", although initially welcomed by the nation's Kurds, are increasingly being questioned, with many beginning to doubt whether the efforts are comprehensive or sincere enough to succeed. Ayşe Karabat reports

Kurdish demonstrators demonstrate after Europe top human rights court ruled that Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan did not receive a fair trial in Turkey, Thursday May 12, 2005 in Strasbourg, France (photo: AP)
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan takes every opportunity to emphasize the message of their being "no turning back" from the goal of solving the Kurdish question, but Kurds remain cautious, doubting the extent of Erdoğan's determination and courage.

In August, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), headed by Erdoğan, launched a process initially termed "the Kurdish Initiative", but later referred to by the government as "the Democratization Initiative" or, sometimes, the "National Unity Initiative."


Source: Qantara