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    Mehmet Y. Yilmaz: A change in stance towards the PKK

    Hürriyet Haber
    25.10.2007 - 12:10 | Son Güncelleme: 25.10.2007 - 13:10

    There are very serious signals that the stance in the world outside our own is changing when it comes to the PKK. We see that the outside world is abandoning the stance that seemed to indicate they thought that there two official powers battling eachother in the region. This stance used to be defined by calls for a "bilateral cease-fire."

    These days though, we hear the official statements from countries outside of Turkey calling for the PKK to "unconditionally" give up arms. This shows that the PKK is becoming more and more isolated.

    There is a very defined difference also in the general US stance these days. News we read in the papers indicates that the "shared plan of action against the PKK" that the US has acted so listless on thus far is becoming stronger and stronger in Washington.
     
    There are two reasons for this: The first is that the PKK attacks have increased, and have become more aimed at mass massacres that include civilians. This is the result of a serious mistake on the part of PKK tactics!

    The second reasons lies in the motion for an over the border operation which was accepted by the Turkish Parliament, in concert with the mood that prevails on Turkish streets and city squares.
     
    The West finally sees and understands that the Turkish government, which has for a long time been dragging its feet on the subject of true action against the PKK, can no longer stay inactive in the face of the growing pressure from within.

    What this in turn highlights is that Prime Minister Erdogan has made a very serious error in remaining inactive on this subject up until now.

    Of course, it would be a mistake to think that terror can just be cut away and thrown out very quickly. We will be obliged to live with this nightmare for as long as the reasons that feed terror are still present.

    It now falls to Erdogan's government to take advantage of the change in atmosphere in the local and international arenas with regards to the PKK, and to develop precautions that might bring PKK to an end for once and all.

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