Kurdish crowds in Diyarbakir, Turkey, listen to jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan calling for a ceasefire (photo: dpa)

Impact of Kurdish settlement on 'new Middle East’

Turkey is under increasing pressure to settle the demands of the Kurdish ’terrorist group’, the PKK, and its call for a wider range of autonomy and recognition. A settlement would bring to an end more than 25 years of violence. But Turkey needs to find a political solution that considers the cultural, political and economic interests of the Kurds in all countries of the Middle East – while also taking into account the existing system of states.

THE KURDISH question poses the greatest challenge to the future of the existing system of states in the Middle East.

How will a people who were marginalised during the process of partition at the end of the Ott...

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Dr. Udo Steinbach
A process of democratisation has been under way in Turkey in order to prepare the country for membership of the European Union since the Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in autumn 2002
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