Turkey PM meets with Iraqi Kurdish leader
On Saturday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with KRG President Masoud Barzani for the first time ever in southeastern Turkey, in Diyarbakir. The leaders met to discuss the peace settlement and to jump start the ongoing peace process.
Their meeting must mark the beginning of the end of the seemingly endless disputes between the two countries. Over ten thousand Kurds gathered in Diyarbakir to witness the historical meeting.
PM Erdogan stated his intentions plainly and simply: "The peace process will progress with the support of my brothers in Diyarbakir."
The Kurdish President backed Erdogan up, saying: "On behalf of my Kurdish and Turkish brothers, I ask that the peace process be supported."
The swords have been sheathed and the new battle—the battle for peace--set into motion. This is a truly historic moment whose ripples will be felt in both countries. The process has now officially been set in motion, and peace may just be the outcome.
Barzani urges any and all rebels to respect the ceasefire and help the Kurdish people obtain their homeland through peaceful means that could—and will--ensure the best possible result.
"Having our own state is the natural right of the Kurdish people, but it cannot be achieved through violence."
Apparently, a good many people are willing to go along with Barzani on that.
"Barzani's participation at the very start of Erdogan’s election campaign is highly suggestive," says Mehmet Emin Yilmaz, a pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party leader in Diyarbakir.
The only thing to do now is to sit back and wait patiently, as every historian has done before, as a chain of events slowly unfolds.