Progress: Atalay spoke to reporters after a visit to a civil organization. His visit is part of the government's "democratic move," drafted to address the Kurdish issue.Turkish society knew well the pain and suffering caused by terrorism and its consequences, he says.
Turkey's Interior Minister Besir Atalay said Saturday that Turkey made major progress towards the solution of the Kurdish issue.
Atalay who spoke to reporters after visiting a civil organization as part of the government's "democratic move" --drafted to address the Kurdish issue-- said the Turkish society knew well the pain and suffering caused by terrorism and its consequences.
"Within the scope of the "democratic move", we believe we will find a solution to the (Kurdish) issue, with our own self-confident efforts, through a good willed understanding and compromising approach. I believe we have made major progress in this process," said Besir Atalay who refused to comment on the strong reaction of the opposition.
"Why do I refuse to comment? Because this is not a task that could be carried out with political polemics," said Atalay.
Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan last month announced that his government initiated a move to deal with the Kurdish issue and the Ministry of Interior was assigned with the coordination of this task.
As a first step, Interior Minister Atalay held a press conference to inform the public about the government's "democratic move" to address the so-called "Kurdish Issue". Atalay made clear that this was a process where measures would be shaped along the way through consensus of all state organs and all components of the society. Atalay said they would visit all political parties to ask for their contribution and support.
He later met with a group of journalists at a workshop titled "Solution of the Kurdish Issue: Towards a Turkey Model".
Atalay, so far, visited several political parties and non-governmental organizations.