Erdogan meets ‘wise men’ over counter terrorism

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets 'wise men delegation' to discuss anti-terror struggle of country

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday met with wise men delegation over counter terrorism in Ankara.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday met with ‘wise men delegation,' a consultative committee dedicated to Turkey's Resolution Process, over counter terrorism issue in presidential palace.

The officials said that Erdogan and the delegation members discussed several regional problems including terrorism in Turkey’s east and southeast during the meeting.

A total number of 61 wise men from 16 eastern and southeastern provinces, including Agri, Batman, Van, Sirnak, Mus, Mardin and Kars attended the meeting in Ankara.

The closed door meeting lasted for eleven hours.

The Interior Minister Selami Altinok and Minister of Food, Agriculture and Livestock Kutbettin Arzu also attended the meeting.

The wise men delegation was initiated by Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in April 2013 to bring a final solution to the social problems in Turkey.

The group includes respected intellectuals, civil society leaders, businessmen, and politicians, selected by the government, scanning the whole spectrum of Turkish society.

In early 2013, the Turkish government launched the Kurdish-Turkish Resolution Process as part of the country’s Resolution Process which began in 2012 to end the decades-old conflict with the PKK.

The PKK was founded in the late 1970s by its now jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan, and is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, NATO and the EU.

The KCK, an umbrella organisation which gathers all members and activities of the outlawed PKK, issued a statement on July 11, saying that the truce reached during the Resolution Process has ended, threatening Turkey with attacks.

Since then, PKK terrorists have killed 148 security officials and over 30 civilians in several terror attacks.

TRTWorld and agencies