İstanbul, İzmir mayors invited to Diyarbakır as part of peace efforts

The invitation was the idea of the Turkish Small National Assembly, a non-governmental organization which had twice sent an invitation letter to İzmir Mayor Aziz Kocaoğlu.

İstanbul, İzmir mayors invited to Diyarbakır as part of peace efforts

World Bulletin / News Desk

Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Osman Baydemir has invited his counterparts in İstanbul and İzmir to Diyarbakır in a show of support for the ongoing peace talks between the government and the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the Radikal daily reported on Sunday.

The invitation was the idea of the Turkish Small National Assembly (TkMM), a non-governmental organization which had twice sent an invitation letter to İzmir Mayor Aziz Kocaoğlu.

Kocaoğlu said it is impossible for him to travel to Diyarbakır on the day set by the TkMM, March 2, because he has other obligations on that day, but he has a visit to Diyarbakır on his agenda.

“Our doors are always open [for the Diyarbakır mayor]. I will be very pleased to be a guest of Mr. Baydemir in Diyarbakır. We have this visit already on our agenda,” Kocaoğlu said.

For his part, Baydemir said he is ready to host both Kocaoğlu and İstanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş in Diyarbakır and was excited by the TkMM's idea.

Baydemir said he has a good relationship with Kocaoğlu and that they share the same ideas about the future of the Kurdish and Turkish peoples and their brotherhood.

“I am ready to host both Kocaoğlu and Topbaş. It is very important for the mayors of these three big provinces to sit together and talk about peace. If prejudices have been created by administrators for the past 30 years, then today it is their duty to eliminate them,” Baydemir added.

For the past months the Turkish government has been having talks with the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) to resolve Turkey's longstanding Kurdish problem.

Last Mod: 17 Şubat 2013, 17:38
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