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Erdogan: Terror won't forestall peace with Kurds

May 4, 2013 at 2:43 PM

ANKARA, Turkey, May 4 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said those opposing a peace plan with ethnic Kurds are employing terrorism to undermine the process.

In a speech Saturday, Erdogan said the ethnic forces clashing with Turkish soldiers have promised to lay down arms and begin withdrawing back over the border into Iraq, Hurriyet Daily News said.

Erdogan pledged to investigate and bring to justice those in opposition parties who would prefer terrorism to maintain political power.

"The only refuge of the status quo is terrorism. The only footing of the status quo parties, the branch that they can hold on to for [not falling], is terrorism," he said.

Erdogan said investigations will not begin until after the two sides have stopped fighting because he doesn't want to "ruin the peaceful atmosphere."

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