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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Is Turkey preparing for peace?

"Is Turkey preparing for peace?

There is much speculation about the government's 'Kurdish initiative' and if it will be enough to end the long-running conflict

Recep Tayyip Erdogan may be about to deliver the biggest blow yet to the fraying ultra-nationalist legacy of Turkey's founding father and first president, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. But ironically given recent controversies, the prime minister's anticipated demarche is not about advancing his supposed Islamist agenda. Instead it concerns the rights of Turkey's 12 million-strong ethnic Kurd minority, which Ataturk did more than most to suppress."

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