(AA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that he was not in favor of a monitoring group for the Kurdish solution process.
“I learned about it in the newspapers. I know nothing about it. Let me say clearly I am not favor of this issue,” Erdogan told reporters at Ataturk Airport, Istanbul, before his departure for Ukraine.
Erdogan said that it is primarily the duty of the intelligence services to oversee the solution process. “Will such a step be taken? I do not approve of it.”
On March, 18, at The Anadolu Agency editors meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan said that the government would create a team of up to six people to monitor meetings and statements by the parties involved in what is shaping up to be a critical moment in the nearly two-year-old process.
The deputy prime minister added that the decision regarding the monitoring group lies with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, whom he indicated could make a statement next week.
On Thursday, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan called for people not to rely on any reports of appointments to the solution process monitoring group until an official government explanation is published.
The “solution process” officially began in 2013 in an effort to bring an end to the decades-old conflict with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which is listed by Turkey, U.S. and the European Union as a terrorist organization.