Iraqi president meets with Turkey's Kurdish leaders on Kurdish issue

21:31, December 23, 2010      

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Iraqi President Jalal Talabani Thursday met here with Turkey's prominent Kurdish figures on the sidelines of the 11th summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), in a bid to find a peaceful solution to the Kurdish problem.

President of the Democratic Society Congress (DTK) Ahmet Turk and Vice President Aysel Tugluk, who met Talabani, were both barred from politics in December 2009 and their party, Turkey's primary Kurdish party, was shut down when Turkey's Constitutional Court found them guilty of connecting with the terrorist Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK).

After the closed-door meeting, Ahmet Turk told reporters that they discussed how to foster peace in the region, what can be done to develop democracy and what steps have to be taken to increase the regional brotherhood.

The DTK has been on Turkey's agenda in recent days, which hosts a Democratic Autonomy Assembly, where Kurds have been gathering to discuss details of possible autonomy, a stance the Turkish government is strongly against.

Asked whether Talabani supported the idea of democratic autonomy, Turk refrained from commenting directly but said "no one would protest an autonomous solution."

Source: Xinhua
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