Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has looked for a solution (photo:dpa)

The urgent need to settle Turkey’s Kurdish question

The turmoil in the Middle East is giving added urgency to a settlement of Turkey’s Kurdish question. There are signs of compromise on the part of the Kurdish militants, the PKK, and a relaxation of attitudes by the government. But a settlement still looks a long way off. The first in a two-part report looks at the origins of the conflict and chances of a settlement.

<i>Relations between the Turkish state and the Kurdish minority have improved, in principle, under the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He is seeking a political solution to the Kurdish question while many Kurdish nationalists are no longer pursuing the establishment of an independent Kurdish...

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Dr. Udo Steinbach
If the opportunity is lost to settle the Kurdish question, the stability of the country will suffer by playing into the hands of radical Kurdish elements in the Middle East which believe the solution to the Kurdish question lies in an independent Kurdish state
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