7 September 2010, Tuesday /GÜLAY GÖKTÜRK BUGÜN
To tell you the truth, I am not one of those who see the upcoming referendum as a matter of life or death for Turkey.
However, I see it as very crucial if the referendum is held in a free atmosphere in the country’s Southeast and how the referendum results will influence the solution to the Kurdish issue. As I always underline, the most important need of the time we are in is the Kurds having a voice and all segments of the Kurdish populace revealing their views freely with all their differences. If the Kurds’ free will is not there, we cannot take any step ahead in the solution of the Kurdish problem. For instance, if we do not know the extent of the support for the issue of autonomy among Kurds, if we do not understand how many of them support a radical local administration law and how many of them support the flying of a Kurdish flag, we will have no compass in our hands to produce the right policies.