It was important as the first step in the serious preparation that is being undertaken for the upcoming period.
I spoke to Turk indepth regarding the visit; in summary, what he told me from his meeting with Barzani was this:
- Mr. Barzani shares the same perspective as us... This issue cannot be solved solely by means of military might or force... Ankara is trying to solve the issue with an approach that puts dismantling the PKK at the center, but the issue is not as simple as this. A democratic solution and dialogue is required... Barzani is ready to work towards this...
What about the cancellation of President Abdullah Gul's visit to Iraq and Arbil, how do you assess this?
- Will they leave it to the power of the ruling Kurdish regional administration in northern Iraq?
Therefore, the planned visit of Turkey’s president, Abdullah Gul, is crucial in getting answers to these questions. In response to a question about why it is:
- It is because the same game is being played time and time again and it is coming to the stage one more time...
For, example Turkey ended its claims on Mosul in 1926.
Here is the Washington based CSIS's report entitled as "The changing dynamics of Turkey".
And here in the books of ex-CIA chief and Turkey expert Graham Fuller... Always the same concept...
Nalbandian is in Turkey for this purpose and he will also deliver a speech.
But the most important part of his visit will be the unscheduled meeting with the Turkey’s foreign minister, Ali Babacan... Armenia still occupies land in Nagorno-Karabakh.
But he also takes the rotating chair of an Istanbul based institution... However, although this seems to be a conflicting situation, it can open the door for a solution. Armenia can take steps regarding Karabakh. Turkey can open its border... This is something I want. Do you want to know why?
Because we are tired of this fear... We don't recognize the Greek Cypriots in Cyprus. But they have joined the European Union. We compete against them at the Olympic Games... We pass over Massoud Barzani, the leader of the Kurdish regional administration in northern Iraq, and we refuse to meet. But, we are conducting a number of construction projects, including an airport, in northern Iraq and send delegations to Baghdad.
Because it is not a documentary... So you cannot debate the details of story; it is Can's interpretation.
It is for this reason that the question:
-Why is "Mustafa" causing so much discussion, while many such films about this subject exist?
It is because this representation is different... It is being perceived as if the country’s "national historical society" was involved in the making of the movie.
It was presented as a "state conception"...
For example, the premiere...
The film was premiered at Dolmabahce Palace.
The Dolmabahce Palace premiere is not a public event. It had the air of an official state decision; like it was directly related to the Turkish parliament. Also, it would not be possible to hold the film premiere at this venue without the permission of parliament.
The initial target of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) ahead of the local elections was this:
"We should take some of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party held municipalities in Turkey's mainly Kurdish-origin dominated southeast region. It would be a great success to win the Diyarbakir province. We could say to all everyone, even those who wanted to close the party that 'the AKP is the cement of Turkey's integrity. Here is the result. All, including Turkish, Kurdish and Circassion citizens, gather together under this roof."
And very intense activities began in this region. Roads, water, and electricity. Direct funding to help women...
This activity made the DTP uncomfortable and they raised tensions in the region by claiming ill-treatment of the jailed terrorist PKK leader, Abdullah Ocalan. And "nationalist reactions" arose especially from central Anatolia, the Agean, Marmara and Black Sea regions during this time.