Turkish opposition leader accuses ruling AKP of turning Kurdish problem into quagmire

The leader of Turkish opposition Future Party Ahmet Davutoğlu on Sunday criticised the government for turning the country’s Kurdish problem into a quagmire and vowed education in the Kurdish language.

“We are going to end the order of those who established power by confining you to poverty and fear,’’ news site Duvar quoted the former ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as saying during a party congress in Turkey’s Kurdish majority southeastern province of Diyarbakır.

Davutoğlu’s Future Party, a breakaway from the AKP, is seeking to capture votes from the ruling party’s support base, including Kurds, who make up some 10 to 15 percent of the country’s population.

The Future Party leader, who greeted the residents of the Diyarbakır in Kurdish, promised education in the Kurdish language, referring to a recent ban on theses in Kurdish in the city’s Dicle University.

“How is it that you are not bothered by theses being written in foreign languages in the departments of English, German and French language and literature, but the writing of a thesis in Kurdish, the pure language of this land, bothers you?’’ Davutoğlu said.

The Future Party believes that education in one’s mother tongue is an integral part of maintaining social peace and a sense of belonging, he said.

The outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has been fighting for self-rule in the mainly Kurdish southeast of Turkey for more than three decades. Some 40,000 people, most of them Kurds, arebelieved to have been killed in the conflict.