Dialogue for a peaceful solution of the Kurdish issue in Turkey:
- extracts from the Council and Commission statements
EPRef90204 // European Parliament , Strasbourg, EP Plenary session - Hemicycle
Lieu: European Parliament , Strasbourg
End production: 06/02/2013 First transmission: 06/02/2013
Extracts of Council and Commission statements followed by MEPs debate on Turkey's Kurdish issue
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the European Parliament, Strasbourg
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Lucinda CREIGHTON, Irish Presidency of the Council, "While the EU has consistently condemned PK?K terrorism, it is clear that the wider Kurdish issue can only be addressed through a peaceful comprehensive and sustainable solution. It is a conflict which has claimed for too many victims in the course of three decades and which has created a climate of instability and profound mistrust. Against this background the EU is fully supportive of the ongoing talks between the Turkish government and the PKK aimed at ending the conflict; this is a significant new initiative which offers a positive for perspective the future"
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Stefan FÜLE, European Commission, "A solution of this issue would have a strong impact on the accession of Turkey as such as it would further consolidate the role of the EU as a benchmark for reforms in Turkey."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Stefan FÜLE, European Commission, "I welcome steps such as the recent adoption of the law allowing for the defence in Kurdish for Kurds as an important building confidence measure in the context of the ongoing talks."
||SOUNDBITE (Dutch) by Ria OOMEN-RUTTEN (EPP, NL), "What we hope is that there will be a sustainable solution, but that can only happen if there is real support for it. So I would echo the Commissioner saying that the opposition parties also need to be on board.
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) by Raimon OBIOLS (S&D, SP),"There is a possibility offered by the new constitution which would recognise and protect the linguistic rights for the Kurds, to have their own media , to have their own schools and Courts, there is the possibility of a fairer interpretation of the antiterrorist laws in Turkey, this would mean no automatic oppression of Kurds trying to affirm their cultural rights and there is a possible reform which would allow them to express their opposition in democratic institutions.
||SOUNDBITE ( French) by Hélène FLAUTRE (Greens/EFA, FR)," Ocalan is recognised as the leader of the Kurds and so in a sense the government has listened to its people and we are calling for the government to talk with Ocalan and recognise him as the leader and that I think is key to make progress here. We need to help Mr. Ocalan in his attempts to talk to the various factions of the Kurdish movement, the idea being that everybody ends up winning. it is in everybody's interest for them to be peace and democracy in Turkey
||SOUNDBITE ( English) by Charles TANNOCK (ECR, UK),"As a modern democracy Turkey must now permit the Kurds their full cultural and linguistic identity within the borders of the Kurdish state, certainly my group accepts that encouraging a separate Kurdish state would pose a serious risk to destabilise the region further drawing in Iraq, Syria and Iran and fomenting further conflict."