"Remind you of tCypriots' 1963 self-segregation policy in the early 60s?" - Antifon
Pro-Kurdish independent deputy Aysel Tuğluk told reporters in a declaration after a six-hour meeting of the DTK on Thursday that the Kurdish people declare democratic autonomy while remaining loyal to the national unity of Turkey under the country’s territorial integrity and based on democratic national principles. She also referenced international human rights documents that allowed them to do so.
"A thousand mile journey begins with the first step. This is a solid first step that we hope will also help increase the understanding among Turks, Kurds and Cypriots" - Antifon
Tuğluk, who is also chairwoman of the DTK, delivered a positive message regarding the centuries-long friendship of Turkish and Kurdish people in this land and warned that a continuing deadlock in the Kurdish issue will keep people in a situation of violence and conflict. The DTK’s declaration came at a time when outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) members killed 13 soldiers and wounded seven others in an ambush in Diyarbakır, escalating already high-running tensions.
"What goes around comes around. As we have been saying, Turkey's fascists' logic in Cyprus will haunt them" - Antifon
Tuğluk stated that the solution to the Kurdish problem could only be solved if Kurds are recognized as a nation based on equal status. The Kurdish deputy also called on the international community to recognize the democratic autonomy her congress has declared.
"Told you so?" - Antifon