Turkish Intellectuals release statement backing gov’t package

More than 160 intellectuals, among them writers, journalists, artists and scientists, signed a statement released August 11 in an open move to stand by the government’s efforts to settle the long-standing Kurdish question. The statement came in strong support of the ruling AK Party, which has been striving for the past few weeks to solve the decades-old Kurdish issue. However, Turkey’s two main opposition parties — the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) — have voiced their refusal to agree to more rights for the nation’s Kurdish population.

 While AK Party’s stance on resolving the Kurdish issue via democracy is politically popular, it is a course of action vigorously opposed by nationalist elements and Turkey’s military. Whether the AK Party in the end will have the political strength to push through a poling seen to be especially sympathetic to Turkey’s Kurds is the question.  

Source: Today’s Zaman

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