Turkish PM says solution process important for integration

Solution process is the most important success story for Turkey and our region; this issue is important for our nation's integration, Davutoglu said, adding Turkey has never supported radical, terrorist groups

Turkish PM says solution process important for integration

Turkey never supported radical, terrorist or violent groups, especially under AK Party rule, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said at his Justice and Development Party's 23nd Consultation and Evaluation meeting on Saturday.

"Turkey has never supported radical, terrorist or violent groups, especially under AK Party rule, and will never do so in the future," Davutoglu said in the central province of Afyonkarahisar.

He said that Turkey would continue to be a friend for all people around Turkey no matter what others say.

Davutoglu said that the solution process was the most important success story for Turkey and the region and that this issue was important for the nation's integration.

"The solution process is a success story not just for Turkey but also for our region. The process will continue with absolute determination no matter who wants to sabotage it," he said.

The prime minister also harshly criticized the Peoples' Democratic Party, or HDP, by saying: "Their language, political terminology and policies all exclude a certain portion of society."

On October 29, Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples' Democratic Party issued a call for a global demonstration in support of Kobani, the Syrian border town currently under siege by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

In early October, the party issued a similar call via social media, resulting in a week of violent street protests and clashes across Turkey that left at least 38 people and two police officers dead. 

Damage to property around the country was also extensive.

The deadly pro-Kurdish protests erupted during the Eid al-Adha holiday, only one day after ISIL militants entered parts of Kobani, also known as Ayn Al-Arab, on October 6.

The protesters accused the Turkish government of doing nothing to halt the advance of the extremists into the border town, which has become the scene of fierce street battles between Kurdish groups and ISIL militants.

Turkey has recently allowed the passage of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces through Turkey to reach the battle-torn town. 

The first batch of Kobani-bound peshmerga troops landed on a private plane at Turkey's GAP Airport from Erbil International Airport early Wednesday.

They were then stationed in the Suruc district of Turkey's border province Sanliurfa.

A separate truck convoy carrying their heavy weaponry also entered Turkey on Wednesday via the Habur border crossing in the southeastern province of Sirnak.

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