Turkish president visits southeast to ease tensions (4)

09:09, December 31, 2010      

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The Kurdish issue could be solved by decentralization, democratization and a new constitution, he said during his meeting with Gul.

The Turkish government has launched an initiative to expand the rights of its Kurdish population and taken some steps such as allowing Kurdish-language television broadcasts, but the country's biggest ethnic minority group were not satisfied with the current situation.

Listed as a terrorist organization also by the United States and the European Union, the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) took up arms in 1984 in order to create an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey. Some 40,000 people have been killed in conflicts involving the PKK for the past over two decades.

Source: Xinhua
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