Erdogan Refutes Existence of Kurdish Minority in Turkey

OSLO (AFP)–Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan refuted the existence of a Kurdish minority in Turkey on Monday–saying–"There is no concept of a ‘Kurdish minority’ in Turkey. The concepts of ‘Kurdish’ and ‘PKK’ should not be mixed up."

Prime Minister Erdogan–who is currently on a state visit to Norway–met Turkish citizens at the Oslo Military Museum Meeting Hall.

Differentiating between the Kurds and the PKK–Erdogan said–"Kurdish people are citizens of the Republic of Turkey. On the other hand–PKK is a terrorist organization. It is a serious mistake to characterize all Kurdish people as members of PKK."

"We have three red lines: ethnic nationalism–regional nationalism–and religious nationalism. We will try everything to prevent them. There are some western circles trying to divide our country," he said.

Claiming that Kurdish people are one of the components of forming Turkey–Erdogan said–"The most important thing is to understand each other. We should not allow those who try to divide our country."

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