Turkey to redistrict two eastern provincial centres

Turkey’s PM Davutoglu says two southeastern provinces will have administrative infrastructure relocated for security reasons

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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu delivers a speech at Bloomberg headquarters in London, England on January 18, 2016

Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced on Monday that two southeastern provinces, Sirnak and Hakkari, will have their administrative districts reordered in order to increase security in the region.

Speaking to journalists during his flight to London, Davutoglu said some steps will be taken in order to provide security and normalise lives in the southeastern provinces of Sirnak and Hakkari where anti-terror operations against the PKK terror organisation have been conducted by Turkish security forces.

"We may have some administrative changes in southeastern provinces such as reordering Sirnak and Hakkari. We are planning to turn Cizre and Yuksekova into city centres of Sirnak and Hakkari respectively," Davutoglu added.

The Turkish PM said that compared to Cizre, Sirnak has a very limited area in which to develop as a city. "Likewise, the expansion of Hakkari is hard to achieve," he added.

Davutoglu stated that Yuksekova has expanded as a city since the opening of Yuksekova Airport, however, does not have adequate security and service infrastructure because of administrative issues.

Turkish security forces launched a comprehensive anti-terror operation on Dec, 2015 against the PKK in the provinces of Diyarbakir, Sirnak, Hakkari and Mardin.

Within the scope of the operations, curfews in towns and cities across southeastern provinces have become a regular occurrence in order to ensure the security of citizens during clashes between security forces and PKK terrorists.

Since the beginning of 2016 at least 25 Turkish security officers have died during anti-terror operations in the southeastern provinces.

Stating that the operations will come to an end within few weeks, PM Davutoglu said that the cities and historical sites damaged or destroyed by attacks will be restored after the attacks.

"For example, new buildings which suit the historic nature of Diyarbakir’s Sur District will be constructed to replace the old ones. Sur, which is one of the most important sites of ancient civilization, has become a focus for terror and desolation," Davutoglu said.

Stating that it is not possible for people to live in houses damaged by the PKK terror organisation, Davutoglu said that those houses will be cleared and new ones will be provided.

TRTWorld and agencies