Turkey to unveil reforms key to peace: PM Erdogan
ReutersISTANBUL--Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday he would announce next week a package of reforms designed to strengthen democracy and keep on track a fragile peace process to end an insurgency by Kurdish militants.
September 13, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
The announcement of the “democratization package” follows the declaration this week by the armed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) that it had halted its withdrawal of fighters from Turkey because the government had failed to take steps it had agreed to.
Kurdish politicians are seeking reforms to allow full Kurdish-language education, soften anti-terrorism laws, lower the electoral threshold to enter parliament from 10 percent and strengthen local government, but it was unclear how far the package would go in satisfying these demands.
The PKK started pulling out of Turkey in May but the push to end a conflict that has cost more than 40,000 lives has weakened, with both sides accusing each other of failing to keep their side of peace deal.