Turkey says no plan for PKK amnesty 'now'

Turkish government said first PKK ought to surrender weapons and disband itself.

Turkey says no plan for PKK amnesty 'now'
Turkish government said they did not plan an amnesty for PKK militants in the democratization initiative launched to address Turkey's long standing Kurdish issue and said first PKK ought to surrender weapons and disband itself.

Turkish Interrior Minister Besir Atalay, appointed by Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan with the coordination of the government's "democratization initiative", briefed the media with a press conference on Sunday.

"We never spelled out the concept of amnesty in the past and we are not spelling it out now. First weapons should be laid down and then of course should come dissolution (PKK)," said Atalay.

Atalay who reiterated that the government's initiative was a process where measures would be shaped along the way through consensus of all state organs and all components of the society, and therefore there was no set road map or plan of action at hand yet.

He said the content of the initiative would only be announced in the Turkish Parliament after thorough analysis and refuted the opposition which he said criticized the government initiative without knowing the content.

The opposition which is sceptical of the government plan severely criticized the government on the grounds that the initiative would cause ethnic separation and refused to meet Atalay who was seeking their support and contribution.

Atalay made clear that they were not opening to discussion the integrity of the state, or the unity of the nation, or its official language, said their government viewed these as unquestionable.

He said the ultimate goal of the initiative was to establish and secure an democratic environment where everybody could express themselves freely.

"Our citizens sense of belonging to their state and country will be strengthened, and everyone will feel as a free and equal citizen of this state," said Atalay.

In response to questions from reporters, Atalay said they were not planning a constitutional amendment and education in Kurdish was not in their agenda.


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