July 2, 2014
THE ARMENIANS SHOULD HAVE WAITED THEIR TURN:
Ankara discovers the Kurdish reality (Deutsche-Welle, 7/01/14)
Erdogan's government has been negotiating with imprisoned PKK leader Ocalan for a peaceful settlement to the Kurdish conflict for the past year and a half. The conflict has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people since 1984.For Erdogan it's not only about a chance to enter the history books - ending the bloodshed would secure him votes from both Turks and Kurds. It is no coincidence the legislative discussion regarding the Kurdish question comes in the lead-up to the presidential election in August, when Erdogan is likely to stand as a candidate.
Posted by Orrin Judd at July 2, 2014 8:06 PM