Tur­key PM meets with Iraqi Kur­dish leader

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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.

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