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Turkey describes Moscow’s call for peaceful resolution with PKK ‘dark humor’

By Rudaw 2/1/2016
Turkey's southeastern Kurdish city of Cizire under a military curfew. Photo: AA.
Turkey's southeastern Kurdish city of Cizire under a military curfew. Photo: AA.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region -- In the latest exchange of condemnations between Ankara and Moscow, the Turkish Foreign Ministry has taken a jab at its Russian counterpart for suggesting that Turkey should resolve the conflict with the Kurds through peaceful means.

Foreign Ministry spokesman, Tanju Bilgic, said that Moscow’s lectures amounted to dark humor.

 "For a country whose record on democracy, the rule of law, and human rights is very well known by everyone, which has caused indignation with its acts in neighboring countries such as Ukraine and Georgia and by violating international law, which has provided political and military support to crimes against humanity by the bloody-handed dictator in Syria, and which actively launched campaigns leading to the death of hundreds of civilians, giving a human rights lecture to others is only an example of dark humour."  Bilgic told reporters.

The Russian foreign ministry issued a statement on Wednesday, saying that Ankara should "take the necessary steps to ensure the cessation of violence as soon as possible and resume the peace settlement process that was interrupted in July 2015."

The Turkish army has been locked in weeks of intense fighting with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Diyarbakir and other nearby towns for more than a month where 100 people are believed to have been killed and thousands displaced.

"We are watching with concern the escalation of violence in southeastern Turkey caused by the ongoing military operation of the Turkish authorities in the Kurdish-populated provinces of the country. Human rights organizations have reported numerous casualties among the civilian population, including women and children," it added.

These remarks come amid a backdrop of soured relations between Ankara and Moscow following the shooting down of a Russian warplane by Turkey near its border with Syria.

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Peace | 2/1/2016
As long as the word PEACE is brought up instead of WAR in mainstream media, it's a good indication. Happy 2016: Year of Peace, Tolerance & Equality.
ehh | 2/1/2016
Hmm watching 2 dogs fight :) everyone else is a winner when these ppl point out the many faults and shortcomings and attrocities these 2 have comitted. These are facts that would never before be uttered from higher officials of the 2 governments. Sit back n enjoy.
TURKEY = ISIS | 2/1/2016
Peaceful resolution? what peaceful resolution, Erdogan killed Kurds to win an unfair election, Erdogan wants to destroy anything that says Kurd, Turkey had last 100 years to solve it peacefully, Kurds can't afford to continues another 100 years of suffering
hate turkey | 2/1/2016
turkey= terrorist They do not want peace with kurds.Kick turkey out of NATO. always trying to stir shit
Muraz Adzhoev | 2/1/2016
Such kind of official statements should have been made by Russia and other world powers to be addressed intentionally to dictatorship-regimes of Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran for decades up to nowadays. Pragmatic double standards are still in international practice of geopolitical competitions and confrontations. But fortunately the Kurdish people, more than 40 million Kurds as a whole can not be "used" any more in games of global and regional players, because at last there is at least de-facto recognized worldwide independent and territorially almost reintegrated Southern Kurdistan led by its legitimately established institutions of sovereign developing democratic statehood - the President, the Parliament, the Government, the Army, the Civil Society, the Humanitarian and Natural resouces for industrial and social progress. It is the true fact already that the Chief Decision-Maker is the Kurdish people itself in all regions of geographic Greater Kurdistan. Parties and organizations must strongly respect and strictly follow the political and natiinal will of the absolute majority the Kurdish People.

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