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Marc Pierini
They consider the coalition led by the United States, and which includes almost the whole of Europe, has a debt with them.feedback
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Sep 22 2017
Multiple people spoke about Kurds in the news. We gather all their quotes on this page, an easy way to see all views about this topic at a glance. To go deeper, all quotes are redirected to the article from which they come. Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the person who had the greatest number of quotes. The most recent one of them is: “Without any further delay, we are going to discuss in detail what kind of sanctions should be imposed. It is not right for me to unveil them right now but at National Security Council and cabinet meetings we will discuss when these sanctions will be imposed and what the road map will be.”.
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All quotes about Kurds

Massoud Barzani

There are so many of us who have fallen and given their souls for this fight.feedback

Massoud Barzani

Why would we enter into an open agenda, not knowing the alternative? We are not going to do that. It would need a real agenda, with a specific timeframe and the supervision of Unami [UN assistance mission in Iraq].feedback

Massoud Barzani

This would be a nation state, not built on one ethnic group. It would be based on citizenship.feedback

Massoud Barzani

Is it a crime to ask our people to express themselves over what they want for the future? It was surprising to see the reaction from the international community. Where is your democracy now? Where are the UN charters? Where is the respect for freedom of expression? After the big sacrifice of the Peshmerga and breaking the myth of Isis, we thought they would respect this right.feedback

Zeynep Kaya

So pushing for independence and this idea of national unity helps Barzani gain some credibility because he has always been at the forefront of Kurdish independence – his family has been fighting for it for more than a century.feedback

Zeynep Kaya

Kurds believe they are worse off as part of Iraq because the Iraqi army has not been able to protect the Kurds and the Yazidis.feedback

Alan M. Noory

This is not a real referendum. It's an insult to the democracy we deserve.feedback

Rabbon Marof

We're not a democratic state – we're a tribal state, and we're not ready for independence.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

We are interested that the Kurdish people like any other nation on the planet can fulfill its hopes and aspirations. We start from the fact that the legitimate aspirations of the Kurds, like other peoples, need to be fulfilled within the framework of existing international legal norms. This time, he said that Russia understands the ambitions of Kurdish people for independence. And even though he added that it needed to be done carefully, it was a big signal.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Steps such as demands for independence that can cause new crises and conflicts in the region must be avoided. We hereby call on the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government to abort the initiative they have launched in that direction. Ignoring the clear and determined stance of Turkey on this matter may lead to a process that shall deprive the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government of even the opportunities it currently enjoys.feedback

Jason Maloni

If his work requires registration with FARA, Mr. Manafort will comply with the law.feedback

Mikhail Leontev - Rosneft

Holding the referendum will not affect our work. We are doing business in an autonomous region in Iraq that has been recognised by law. This place is run by Iraqi Kurdistan's nation and it is the people of Iraqi Kurdistan who live there. That is why we don't think we are embarking on an adventure.feedback

Haider al-Abadi

If you challenge the constitution and if you challenge the borders of Iraq and the borders of the region, this is a public invitation to the countries in the region to violate Iraqi borders as well, which is a very dangerous escalation.feedback

Haider al-Sufi

In case Kurdistan's authorities do not respond to the court decision, the Iraqi government and Prime Minister Abadi have wider authorities to deal with the situation. And the prime minister will be able to adopt any decision he sees suitable as prime minister and as commander-in-chief.feedback

Ali Shamkhani

Any damage to this strategic principle (of Iraq's unity) would lead to the revision of and serious alteration in the existing cooperation between Iran and Iraq's Kurdistan region.feedback

Michael Fallon

I will be this afternoon in Erbil to tell Massoud Barzani that we do not support the Kurdish referendum. We are committed to the integrity of Iraq. We are working with the UN on alternatives to this referendum.feedback

Binali Yildirim

Those who are looking forward to their dreams of having an artificial state in Syria and Iraq should be well aware that any attempt that threatens our national security from inside and outside the country will be responded to immediately.feedback

Haider al-Abadi

If [Iraq's Kurds] want to go along that road, they should work toward amending the constitution. In that case we have to go all the way through Parliament and a referendum to the whole Iraqi people. For them to call for only the Kurds to vote, I think this is a hostile move toward the whole of the Iraqi population.feedback

Haider al-Abadi

If they are threatened by the use of force outside the law, then we will intervene militarily.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We are going to discuss it during the (UN) National Security council meeting which we moved forward from (September) 27th to the 22nd. We are going to hold a cabinet meeting on the same day. Our stance will be discussed and the decision will be made. Thus Turkey will announce its ultimate position (on the referendum). This will also be an item on the agenda during my meeting with (US President) Trump.feedback

Haider al-Abadi

It will make it harder and more difficult. I will never close the door to negotiations. Negotiations are always possible.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

While Israel opposes terrorism as a whole, it supports the legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to achieve their own state.feedback

Muna Qahwachi

We refuse to accept the Iraqi Parliament's decision, which was unlawful.feedback

Omed Khoshnaw

We've been waiting more than 100 years for this. There is no other way to guarantee that genocide will never be repeated.feedback

Renad Mansour - Chatham House

The relationship between Baghdad and Erbil is the biggest challenge to oil, with the Kurds using this upcoming referendum as a bargaining chip. Do I foresee all out conflict? Probably not. The referendum is a bit of a bluff in that sense because the Kurds need the U.S. and the U.K. and a conflict would mean losing this lifeline. I wouldn't rule out skirmishes but an all-out war is in no-ones best interests.feedback

Saddam Hussein

I cannot talk in front of the Kurds. They are my brothers, but they will be upset. To be honest, we cannot talk about politics.feedback

Peter W. Galbraith

The final destination is clear – it is independence. By announcing the date of the referendum, it can't be pulled back.feedback

Rakan Saeed al-Jibouri

For the Kurds to decide on their own the fate of the city is a mistake.feedback

Kamal Chomani

There are so many political, social, economic and legal issues in Kurdistan that we must solve. The Kurds don't want to see a short-lived Kurdistan.feedback

Tim Ramadan

They took several families today, we do not know if they have killed them yet. They set up checkpoints in the al-Murour neighbourhood in the south of Raqqa and were waving Kurdish flags. The families thought they had reached safety but then realised they had been fooled.feedback

Joe Dunford

We have done everything we can to address Turkish concerns, and I personally have made on the order of nine visits to Turkey to speak with my counterpart there. The Turks have indicated publicly that they don't like the fact that we armed the [largely Kurdish] Syrian Democratic Forces, so this issue has been a challenge and an irritant in U.S.-Turkish relations, there is no doubt about that.feedback

Asli Aydintasbas

There's no great wall between Kurds in Syria and Kurds in Turkey. They are part of the same problem for Turkey and need to be dealt with accordingly.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

Our point right now is to stay focused like a laser beam on the defeat of ISIS and to let nothing distract us.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

ISIS (Daesh) has and continues to target members of multiple religions and ethnicities for rape, kidnapping, enslavement and death. ISIS is clearly responsible for genocide against Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims in areas it controlled. ISIS is also responsible for crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing directed at these same groups, and in some cases against Sunni Muslims, Kurds and other minorities. The protection of these groups – and others who are targets of violent extremism – remains a human-rights priority for the Trump administration.feedback

Abi Hewitt

And they were all like, Yes, I'm in.' The Kurdish women said their grandmothers were weavers, and they were proud to learn. These are capable people. These are people who had worked before, they want to work.feedback

Faisal Mekdad

We believe that in the north of Syria we have Syrian citizens who will not endanger the situation in the country or move ahead to any manifestation of dividing Syria. Those who will move in those directions know what price they have to pay.feedback

Faisal Mekdad

[The elections] will be a joke. Syria will never ever allow any part of its territory to be separated.feedback

Mira Rojkan

It was just awful. They said someone had sent them an email saying we were terrorists about to do something in Turkey. They wouldn't say who it was from. It is absolute nonsense. They arrested us on the beach while we were vacationing with my mother.feedback

Osman Baydemir

Fascism can only be stopped through a democratic battle. This is what we're saying. We will be here for seven days, 24 hours a day. No violence, no animosity, we are just shouting that we have not given in to fascism.feedback

Osman Baydemir

The blockade at this park is a sign of the real situation in Turkey... A political party that got 70 percent of votes (in Diyarbakir) cannot carry out its group meeting in the park.feedback

Robert Grodt

My reason for joining the Y.P.G. was to help the Kurdish people in their struggle for autonomy.feedback

Mahir Zeynalov

Beating up protesters in Washington, his position on the Qatar crisis, reluctance to work with Syrian Kurds in the fight against ISIS only pushed for his isolation in the world. Turkey is not an international pariah yet, but it sure is on its way to be.feedback

Numan Kurtulmus

These (Turkish) preparations have reached level of a declaration of war and could lead to the outbreak of actual clashes in the coming days. We will not stand idly by against this potential aggression. This is not a declaration of war. We are making preparations against potential threats. Their (YPG) primary goal is a threat to Turkey, and if Turkey sees a YPG movement in northern Syria that is a threat to it, it will retaliate in kind.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

I want the entire world to know that in northern Syria, on our border, we are never going to allow a terrorist state to be established. If there is a threat against us, our troops will conduct any operations with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) on the ground.feedback

Galip Ensarioglu

It was the P.K.K. that said they were done with the peace process.feedback

Galip Ensarioglu

There might be some people who were purged because they were considered dangerous – or people who were doing political activities under the name of cultural activities – but never, ever have cultural activities been stopped.feedback

Huseyin Aksoy

When's it's finished, the old atmosphere of Sur will return again.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Those so-called friends don't see any issue walking along with terror organisations who want to divide Turkey.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Those who think that they can fool Turkey by saying that they will get those weapons back will eventually understand the vital mistake they made, but it will be too late.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

All of these moves are against Nato. In this case, the Nato treaty should be revised. We will call to account the real owners of those weapons for every drop of blood they shed with those weapons.feedback

Talal Selo

They were bombing our positions. They attacked us three times very deliberately. They think that advancing against Isis from the south of the city should be their role.feedback

Hemin Hawrami

We expect Turkey and other countries to understand the legitimate aspirations of Kurdistani people. We will start a serious long, patient process (of dialogue) with Baghdad.feedback

Hemin Hawrami

We are exercising our democratic right ... As people in Turkey voting for their constitutional reform exercised their own democratic right, so we are exercising our democratic right to see what the people of Kurdistan want.feedback

Samaa Sarya

We have them surrounded on three sides and many can't escape anymore. Some manage to escape on wooden boats along the river at night.feedback

Mostafa Sirikanu

Today our movements were delayed by snipers. Daesh are just beyond that point. You never know they could have put a bomb in that teapot or that television.feedback

Noura Khalaf

They took us to an underground market for selling women, where they displayed us for Islamic State members and each one picks the girl he likes.feedback

Sally Lane

It was the news we've been waiting for for three years – ever since he went out there – and now we just want to get him home.feedback

Jalal Jalalizadeh

They were peaceful. As long as the Salafi groups are not taking arms, they must be tolerated.feedback

Jalal Jalalizadeh

The Salafi groups have been very active in mosques and public places in Iranian Kurdistan, and even they have been socializing with families and the youths.feedback

Hiwa Aminnejad

Unlike other countries where Kurds live, in Iran, we are part of the social fabric, share a common history and our languages are very close to each other. There is no apartheid for Kurds, like in Turkey, for instance.feedback

Mahmoud Alavi

Terrorists do not wear a special uniform. They are like other people, like other youths. They are not easy to recognize. Sometimes, finding a terrorist in the 14 million population of Tehran is like finding a needle – not in a haystack, but in 10 haystacks.feedback

Simon Tisdall - The Guardian

The attack on Khomeini's tomb is the equivalent of somebody trying to blow up the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.feedback

Donald J. Trump

In Mosul, American troops are supporting Kurds, Sunnis and Shias fighting together for their homeland. Qatar, which hosts the U.S. Central Command, is a crucial strategic partner. Our longstanding partnership with Kuwait and Bahrain continue to enhance security in the region.feedback

Hamed Heidari

We just never thought something like that could happen here.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Backing terrorist organisations that murder civilians, carry out ethnic cleansing and heap pressure on everyone who has different opinions, literally forces us to live on a bomb whose safety pin has been removed.feedback

Fadhil Dawood

They take money and they do whatever they want.feedback

Nouri Mahmoud

The forces reached the outskirts of the city, and the major operation will start ... in the coming few days. The battle will not be easy…Of course Daesh has tunnels, mines, car bombs, suicide bombers, and at the same time it is using civilians as human shields. Daesh will resist because Raqqah is its capital and if Raqqah goes, that means the entire caliphate is gone.feedback

Nouri Mahmoud

The battle will not be easy. Of course (ISIL) has tunnels, mines, car bombs, suicide bombers, and at the same time it is using civilians as human shields.feedback

Nouri Mahmoud

Daesh will resist because Raqqa is its capital and if Raqqa goes that means the entire caliphate is gone.feedback

Sara Browne

Honour killings are a significantly underreported problem. These are international cases and we need an international response. We must ensure that there is no safe have for perpetrators of these crimes.feedback

Sara Browne

When justice is not done this sends a very dangerous message All governments have a role to play in fighting this horrific crime.feedback

Heather Nauert

We respect those concerns, and continue regular consultations with our NATO ally on this and other topics of mutual importance.feedback

John McCain

This is the United States of America. This isn't Turkey. This isn't a third-world country, and this kind of thing cannot go unresponded to diplomatically, and maybe in other ways. These are not just average people at this. This is Erdogan's security detail. Somebody told them to go out there and beat up on these peaceful demonstrators, and I think it should have repercussions, including identifying these people and bringing charges against them. People have the right in our country to peacefully demonstrate, and they were peacefully demonstrating.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We said we would not be in such an operation with you where you ally with terror organizations and so we said good luck. We are already telling you in advance, our rules of engagement give us this authority, we will take such a step and we won't discuss it or consult with anyone. Because we have no time to lose. We won't hesitate to launch similar operations if we see the need.feedback

Ozturk Turkdogan

A new initiative with the Kurds would bring peace to Turkey and resolve the Kurdish issue that is plaguing the Middle East.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

If we are strategic allies we must take decisions as an alliance. If the alliance is to be overshadowed we'll have to sort things out for ourselves. It is a slander of the Obama administration. Unfortunately now they have left the Syria and Iraq problem in Trump's lap. Now we will conduct the final talks. After that we will make our final decision.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Unlike other countries we are not announcing any arms deliveries to Kurdish formations. We don't believe we need to start such work. I hope very much that this (the creation of de-escalation zones) will be an effective tool, above all, for maintaining the cessation of hostilities.feedback

Soli Ozel

Naturally (Turkey) would have to consider the aftermath of closing the Incirlik base to (U.S.) use. It will not be very easy to put relations back on track. I think ultimately a formula will be found. I think neither side wants to cut relations.feedback

Amberin Zaman

The Syrian Kurds aren't perfect. But they're Washington's best bet for striking at the Islamic State.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We don't find it suitable at all for the United States to stand side by side with a terrorist organisation and a terrorist organisation to stand by the U.S.feedback

Dana White

We are keenly aware of the security concerns of our coalition partner Turkey. We want to reassure the people and government of Turkey that the US is committed to preventing additional security risks and protecting our NATO ally.feedback

James Jeffrey

He can't live with a Y.P.G. statelet that is supported by the U.S. and is linked with Iran.feedback

Aaron Stein

I tend to take the Turkish president at his word. If he keeps telling everybody that he could do something in Iraq, I tend to think he could do something in Iraq.feedback

Soner Cagaptay

They will do everything they can do to take it out before it becomes P.K.K. headquarters No. 2. I think this could be the basis of the Trump-Erdogan deal.feedback

Nurettin Canikli

We expect that this mistake is to be rectified. We cannot accept the presence of terrorist organizations that would threaten the future of the Turkish state. We hope the U.S. administration will put a stop to this wrong and turn back from it. Such a policy will not be beneficial, you can't be in the same sack as terrorist organizations.feedback

Mevlut Cavusoglu

Every weapon that goes to Y.P.G. is a threat against Turkey. The United States knows our opinions well. In our Washington visit, we will share those reasons with Trump. Our president will meet Trump himself.feedback

Sean Spicer

We are keenly aware of the security concerns of our coalition partner Turkey. We want to reassure the people and government of Turkey that the US is committed to preventing additional security risks and protecting our NATO ally. The US continues to prioritize our support for Arab elements of the SDF. Raqqa and all liberated territory should return to the governance of local Syrian Arabs.feedback

Walid al-Moallem

There will be no presence by any international forces supervised by the United Nations. The Russian guarantor has clarified that there will be military police and observation centres. There are still logistical details that will be discussed in Damascus and we will see the extent of commitment to this agreement.feedback

Redur Khalil

We hope that this military mobilisation is not meant to provoke our forces or for another purpose linked to entering Syrian territories. We don't want any military confrontation between us, since our priority is to fight Daesh [ISIL] in Raqqa and Tabqa.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We will be forced to continue (our offensives). We won't provide a date and time for when we'll come. But they will know that the Turkish military can come.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Unfortunately ... the presence of an American flag along with the [insignia] of a terror organisation called YPG in a convoy has seriously saddened us. We will bring this up when we meet Mr President on May 16. This needs to be stopped right now. Otherwise it will continue to be a bother in the region and for us. It will also bother us as two NATO countries and strategic partners. I said yesterday: 'We can come unexpectedly in the night'. I really meant that. We are not going to tip off the terror groups and the Turkish Armed Forces could come at any moment.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The YPG, and you know who's supporting them, is attacking us with mortars. But we will make those places their grave, there is no stopping. Let us, huge America, all these coalition powers and Turkey, let us join hands and turn Raqqa to Daesh's grave.feedback

Ilham Ahmed

The United States should maintain its support for Syria's Kurds -- whether Ankara likes it or not.feedback

Mark Toner

These air strikes were not approved by the coalition and led to the unfortunate loss of life of our partner forces in the fight against ISIS that includes members of the Kurdish Peshmerga. We're cognizant of that and we're also cognizant of the threat that the PKK poses to Turkey. But again, the point … is that Turkey cannot pursue that fight at the expense of our common fight against the terrorists that threaten us all. And that obviously means ISIS.feedback

Khaled Abboud

The sanctions are new attempts by the U.S. administration to put pressure on the Syrian state.feedback

Ahmad Jamal

Any operation that is carried out by the Turkish government without any co-ordination with the Iraqi government is totally rejected.feedback

Mark Toner

We are very concerned, deeply concerned, that Turkey conducted airstrikes earlier today in northern Syria as well as northern Iraq without proper co-ordination with either the United States or the broader global coalition to defeat ISIS. These airstrikes were not approved by the coalition and led to the unfortunate loss of life of our partner forces in the fight against ISIS that includes members of the Kurdish peshmerga.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Given the suppression of the 'no' campaign, the fact that much of the [pro-Kurdish] Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) leadership is in jail, and that the government's effective control of the media ensured a massive imbalance in campaign coverage, the 'no' campaign did very well. For Erdogan, a narrow win is still a win. He is unlikely to either slow his consolidation of power or reach out in meaningful ways to the opposition. He promised a 'yes' vote would result in more stability and a return of economic growth. I suspect that neither of these things is true.feedback

Bulent Tezcan

The High Electoral Board has changed the rules after the voting started. There is a clear clause in electoral law saying unstamped ballots will be invalid and the High Electoral Board issued its notice in compliance with this law.feedback

Gonul Tol

Today's result means he lost ground among his own constituency and could not mobilise the nationalists as much as he wanted to. All this requires a different tone for the upcoming presidential elections in 2019. He has to appeal to the centre, take major steps to address the downward turn in Turkish economy. In this context, a return to the negotiations with the Kurds has a better chance than it would have if he won a landslide victory, especially given that he fared better than expected among the Kurdish electorate.feedback

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon - NATO

Eighty-six people were killed in the attack, which is not a lot for sarin. If you look at Halabja (the 1988 chemical attack carried out by Saddam Hussein's forces against the Kurdish city) we think just five tonnes of sarin was used and more than 12,000 people died.feedback

Abdullah Demirbas

In 2002, A.K.P. promised a change in Turkey. They said they're bringing democracy not only for themselves, but for all the other aggrieved groups in Turkey, which gave hope to the masses: Kurds, Armenians, Assyrians, democrats, liberals, intellectuals, writers, socialists – all the victims of the old regime.feedback

Brett Wilson

If the political parties of the Kurdish wing are in a sense robbed of their actual powers would that result in increased desperation on the part of radicals? Would mainstream Kurdish voters feel they have to go towards different parties? There's a real uncertainty among a lot of groups about whether they should approve this referendum. I think that's also evident in the fact the government is using very aggressive language, trying to threaten and shame people, even from their own constituents, to vote yes and make voting no a non-option.feedback

Suzanne Moore

The picture of Saffiyah Khan standing up to an EDL protester in Birmingham is not just joyful – it is an uplifting reminder that one person can make a difference. The world is such a scary and uncertain place at the moment; there is a feeling that huge forces over which we have no control are shaping our lives. The proxy war in Syria may turn into an even bigger one, and we live in a country divided, in which a Kurdish boy was reportedly set upon by a mob. EU Leave’s latest poster uses an image of a noose, and their “politics” is indeed that of a mob. There is terror in Westminster and Sweden. No wonder the EDL rears its pitbull head again. It is emboldened in every way.feedback

Rand Paul

It's easier for me to give you my opinion than his. When we toppled Saddam Hussein, well, he was a bad person who gassed the Kurds. We thought, we'll get rid of him and things will get better. We toppled him, and it ended up empowering Iran. When we topple Assad, what comes after him?feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We don't agree with the claim 'Kirkuk is for the Kurds' at all. Kirkuk is for the Turkmen, Arabs and Kurds, if they are there. Do not enter into a claim that it's yours or the price will be heavy. You will harm dialogue with Turkey.feedback

Abdullah Abdullah

He lost his memory because he didn't recognise his brother. His face was very badly smashed and all black eyes. If we saw him somewhere else... we couldn't recognise him.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

These supporters of the PKK keep on saying 'peace, peace, peace'. Does empty talk bring peace? Could there be peace with those who walk around with weapons in their hands? We are ready to talk, to walk together with everyone who has something to say or has a project. We have one condition. There will be no guns in their hands.feedback

Ekrem Kul

We have opened a door in Diyarbakir, creating an example for other investors in the west.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Absolutely shocked at attack on young Kurdish asylum seeker, who came here searching for safety. I fervently hope he makes a full recovery.feedback

Ahmet Sayar

For there to be a leap forward in achieving the economic potential as a region there needs to be an environment of predictability, stability, peace and confidence.feedback

Ekrem Kul

It affected our workers' ability to come to work easily – their psychological states, their productivity. We experienced difficult days.feedback

Rebaz Mohammad

We need the Kurdish community to come forward, he is related to us by blood, we will take this seriously, we want prosecution [for the perpetrators]. We want to approach the police to see why this happened and we want to assist the police, we don't want revenge to become a culture in this area.feedback

Abdullah Abdullah

I have fears for the community. I fear that some Kurdish members of the community might get hurt [by the Friday attack] and want to show a negative reaction. I fear revenge.feedback

Rebaz Mohammad

He used to play dominoes here. He was polite and wasn't racist. He was happy he was living here, he was trying to learn English.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Those PKK supporters say 'peace, peace, peace'. Will there be a peace with fine words? Will there be a peace with those roaming with guns in their hand. We are the guardian of peace, we are the guardian of freedoms. We have one condition; no one will be armed, [and] no one will attempt to divide this country and partition this nation. We are determined to save our country and our Kurdish brothers from the network of these hired killers [PKK terrorists].feedback

Lucas Chapman

They've betrayed the Kurds before, and I wouldn't be surprised if they do it again. They're occupiers and imperialists.feedback

Eric Pahon

This is a significant strategic target. This is a big operation.feedback

Hayder Shesho

Yes, we have been betrayed by them. Yes, we have been abandoned by them. But we are Kurds. No one represents the Yazidis.feedback

Redur Xelil

It is the first (agreement) of its kind. The agreement came into force today. This is what pushed many forces to cooperate and make alliances with the YPG. The Russian presence ... comes in agreement between (the YPG) and the Russian forces operating in Syria in the framework of cooperation against terrorism and to help train our forces on modern warfare and to build a direct point of contact with Russian forces.feedback

Noah Bonsey - International Crisis Group

Turkey has always set the Euphrates as a red line. The problem is it will be a huge gamble to really do that with US, Russia and YPG, who are a proficient fighting force.feedback

Noah Bonsey - International Crisis Group

All of this is a reminder of the risk in a rushed attempt to get to Raqqa If Turkish interests are not at least placated to some extent.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We must accept the fact that one terrorist group can't be eliminated by another. As a country that has been fighting a war against terrorism for 35 years, our current enemies are terrorist groups like the Kurdish YPG, ISIL and al-Nusra.feedback

Omar Osse

There is a clear coordination between the Syrian army and Kurdish forces. Any presence of U.S. forces or other forces on the Syrian land, without coordination with the Syrian state, is considered a flagrant violation of the Syrian sovereignty.feedback

Aldar Xelil

Look, these are your limits. It appears that the Americans have made up their minds. At this stage, the Euphrates Shield operation has not been completed. We are discussing the next step with our allies. The U.S. side made some promises for this before and we believe that they will provide this support.feedback

Binali Yildirim

This is simply divisive language. Because if you mention one particular religion in the same sentence as terrorism, then the followers of that faith – which in this case is 2 billion people – they will be disturbed, and this is not the right thing to do.feedback

Binali Yildirim

They know what our capabilities are. We've exchanged military info, and diplomatically speaking this message was also passed along.feedback

Christian Caryl

By all accounts, Kurdish journalist Shifa Gardi was a remarkable talent. She often reported from the front lines of the war against the Islamic State, her courage and audacity making her enormously popular with viewers on the Kurdish-language TV network Rudaw, based in northern Iraq.feedback

Mevlut Cavusoglu

It's our duty to destroy these terrorist organizations wherever they are.feedback

Hawas Khalil

We want a neutral Syria which belongs to everyone and not only Arabs or Kurds or Assyrians, we want a country for all of us, we also hope that the Syria of the future is secular and that will be mentioned in the next constitution of Syria.feedback

Sara Browne

Men sometimes step in to protect women and become victims in this manner.feedback

Sara Browne

These are just the cases that the police are catching. Honour killings are often complicated with often multiple perpetrators. The police need to be trained better. There needs to be a radical overhaul in the way this phenomenon is dealt with by the police, social services, health and education [services].feedback

Sara Browne

When people come to the UK they carry their mentality with them. We need to challenge harmful attitudes and empower men to respect women and girls' autonomy. And education in schools is so important. Young people at risk need to know their rights and where to get help and teachers need to know how to spot the signs that their students may be at risk.feedback

Sara Browne

It is because reputation comes above everything else. We are talking about places where the community is everything. Modern society is more about individuals. What we are seeing is the community is being put before everything else.feedback

Anne-Sophie Laguens

If we had held the hearing six months earlier we might have had a judicial response.feedback

Walid Phares

Mr. Trump has valued the role of the peshmerga and the Kurdish forces of Iraq against the advances of ISIS. Now, after Daesh is receding, how will the United States policy be with regard to the Kurds? Definitely that is determined right now by the Kurds becoming allies to the United States. Then we would have our diplomats meeting Kurdish representatives and then together looking at the future and what could be done to strengthen that friendship.feedback

Shahab Goran

Our hope is that Trump and his administration will be bold enough to help the Kurds get independence, which is a basic right of the Kurdish people. Kurdistan can become another Israel for the U.S. in the region. Besides, Kurdistan has a lot of oil and gas resources, and all this is about interests, so the U.S. can get something in return for their support for the Kurds.feedback

Gokhan Durmus

Today, once again, journalism will be on trial. We received the news of yet another journalist friend being taken into custody as we came here in solidarity to help our friends to be free. The status of press freedom and freedom of speech has severe problems in Turkey. We have over 100 journalist friends in prison, colleagues of ours.feedback

Hadiya Yousef

I expect ratification because we have discussed the content with all groups and political sides repeatedly, and the draft was worded with consensus. We will clarify through the contract ... the means for starting the formation of our institutions and administrative system, and we will start preparations for elections.feedback

Suleyman Soylu

Have you accomplished anything beyond being the servants, pawns and hit men of certain dark forces, of your dark Western partners?feedback

Ahmed Muhsin al-Sadoun

We were not present at today's session. We had objections from the beginning and we think today's budget does not meet our demands. Passing the budget today has not resolved the disputed issues between the central government and the Kurdish region, including oil exports.feedback

John Dalhuisen - Amnesty International

A year after a round-the-clock curfew was imposed in Sur, thousands of people remain displaced from their homes, struggling to make ends meet and facing an uncertain future in an increasingly repressive atmosphere. Whilst the crackdown on civil society in south-eastern Turkey has been widely reported, there has been little coverage of the forced displacement which has devastated the lives of ordinary people under the pretext of security.feedback

Farhan Mijel

My goods now come from Kalak. I didn't know the traders. They were recommended to me by Kurdish friends. Beforehand everything I sold came from Syria.feedback

John Dorrian

The joining of these forces greatly reduces the freedom of movement of ISIL insurgents in and out of Mosul. They have already lost the effective ability to move in large numbers, but now this has been made more difficult for them.feedback

Mahma Xelil

There must be cooperation between us to prevent ISIS from moving their equipment and their fighters.feedback

Nuraldin Qablan

We ask Kurdish authorities to open a safe passage for them. People are fleeing due to the Hashid's advance, there are great fears among the civilians.feedback

Omar Abdallah

In Europe, if a migrant from Syria or Iraq blows himself up in a terrorist attack there is a backlash against all migrants. Here, with the Kurds and Arab Daesh sympathisers, it's the same.feedback

Redur Xelil

It is not permitted for any other military force formed outside Rojava or Syria to enter Rojava without the permission of the YPG and the (Kurdish) self-administration, because then there will be anarchy and this is what we absolutely cannot accept, particularly if this group does not recognise the legitimacy of the YPG and the self-administration.feedback

Joe Stork

In village after village in Kirkuk and Nineveh, KRG security forces destroyed Arab homes – but not those belonging to Kurds – for no legitimate military purpose. KRG leaders' political goals don't justify demolishing homes illegally.feedback

Numan Kurtulmus

Turkey has to fight terrorism on so many different fronts. We are trying to clear the state institutions from Gulenists. At the same time we are fighting against Kurdish militants and Islamic State.feedback

Mevlut Cavusoglu

We hope that this will be the case and we expect that our partners keep their promises. We should not force the people to choose between two evils. I think (Ankara) is trying to pressure the Americans to bring in allied groups into Raqqa. We are the main party that decides if we need such troops to be involved. We are self-sufficient. There is no need.feedback

Talal Sillo

According to the agreements, there will be more support for the SDF until the campaign is completed and the city is freed from the mercenaries.feedback

Ilham Ahmed

The campaign will continue to be in that form until it enters the city.feedback

Talal Sillo

We want to liberate the surrounding countryside, then encircle the city, then we will assault and liberate it. Of course, to begin the operation, we have made sure there will be no other forces but the SDF in the operation.feedback

Numan Kurtulmus

We say that every step taken by non-Arab elements as part of the Raqqa operation will be against the interests of the United States. It will be against the peace in the region as well. This is a cul-de-sac. This is the wrong path.feedback

Stanislav Ivanov

The 40 million Kurdish people would never abandon their push for creating their own state.feedback

Stanislav Ivanov

It's not part of the Kurds' plan to engage in fighting with the Sunni Arab majority of Raqqa. Their goal in Syria is to protect their enclaves in the north.feedback

Iskander Khalil Gardi

According to our military intelligence, there are no civilians left in Bashiqa. Our aim is to take control of this town while clearing out the Islamic State militants. We are making good progress as we have been hitting our targets since early morning. We look set to complete our mission.feedback

Binali Yildirim

The more we continue our fight, the more we see them squealing. No matter what they say, this battle will continue until our red crescent and starred flag waves across every province. Let all of their supporters know this, inside and outside Turkey.feedback

Rezan Hiddo

We cannot extinguish the fire in our neighbours' house if our home is burning.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

They (Western critics) should not concern themselves with trifles. We know well who they are, we have studied their history closely. I got to know them very well during my 14-year-old tenure as a prime minister and a president.feedback

Masrour Barzani - United Nations Security Council

We have captured a number of sleeping cells, or people that were disguised as IDPs (internally displaced people). Hundreds of them actually.feedback

Masrour Barzani - United Nations Security Council

As they are getting more desperate, expectations are that they might fight more fiercely as you close in.feedback

Masrour Barzani - United Nations Security Council

The fight against ISIS is going to be a long fight. Not only militarily but also economically, ideologically.feedback

Masrour Barzani - United Nations Security Council

There are many different IEDs (improvised explosive devices) that they put in different places, come up with different tactics. Many that are used like networks.feedback

Masrour Barzani - United Nations Security Council

Winning the peace after winning the war is equally important. The number one point to prevent the rise of terrorist and radical organizations is to make sure there is political reconciliation and a political agreement among all the components so that no one will feel like an outcast.feedback

Masrour Barzani - United Nations Security Council

Every day, every week, every month they are trying to recruit new people, new fighters are joining.feedback

Masrour Barzani - United Nations Security Council

We do believe that ISIS is the byproduct, is the result of a political failure, the political system that failed in this country.feedback

Binali Yildirim

For years, we called on you to say you are against terror and terrorist organisations. You would not listen ... For years, they transferred the money we sent for the municipalities to terror. Whoever harms this nation will pay for it, there is no other way. Not only those bombing and burning, but also those supporting terror.feedback

Rezan Hiddo

We cannot extinguish the fire in our neighbor's house if our home is burning. We were very clear with our allies. If there is a plan to attack Daesh, there must be limits for Turkey.feedback

Nawaf Khalil

When Turkey enters an area, it remains as an occupier.feedback

Binali Yildirim

Turn back from this road while it's still possible ... Come to parliament and say what you have to say.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Europe, as a whole, is abetting terrorism. Even though they declared the PKK a terrorist organisation, this is clear ... We see how the PKK can act so freely and comfortably in Europe.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

I don't care if they call me dictator or whatever else, it goes in one ear, out the other. What matters is what my people call me.feedback

Mahsuni Kahraman

We are facing another phase of the coup carried out by the government and by the palace. My friends and I will continue to stand against this unlawful coup. We want the people to know that we will continue their struggle for freedom, democracy and peace.feedback

Ravina Shamdasani - United Nations

There needs to be a presumption of innocence when you are going to suspend somebody from their job, when you are going to detain somebody, you need to do this in line with due process. And, given the numbers, we are worried this is not the case.feedback

Ayhan Bilgen

We know these days will be left behind as well but we want to tell you this coup, this siege, will be left behind but it will leave a dark stain on Turkish history.feedback

Josh Earnest

Our deep concerns have already been expressed by senior U.S. officials to their Turkish counterparts.feedback

Josh Earnest

This comes on the heels of what appears to be an increase in official pressure on opposition media outlets in Turkey.feedback

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

The fight against terrorism cannot be used as a justification for silencing the political opposition or even putting them behind bars.feedback

Maria Boehmer

Protecting the rights of lawmakers is a decisive characteristic of functioning democracies.feedback

Sinan Ülgen

What's happening domestically and in terms of Turkey's foreign policy are a political tactic to keep solid the alliance between the base of the AKP and the nationalists. This alliance is keen on harsh policies on the Kurdish issue, looks to be in favour of reinstating the death penalty, and we can't really say they regard the preservation of freedom of speech and of the media very highly.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Some insist on trying to keep Turkey and the FSA away from al-Bab. We are determined to cleanse Manbij from the PYD as soon as possible. Either they abandon the area as soon as possible, or we will do what is necessary.feedback

Steve Townsend

So how are we going to thread that needle with, with the SDF and our NATO allies --Turkey? Turkey doesn't want to see us operating with the SDF anywhere, particularly in Raqqa.feedback

Steve Townsend

We'll have fewer coalition troops there, less combat capability there, we'll have to apply coalition combat support in a different way then we are doing here in Iraq.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

I have told our American friends we do not need (the Syrian Kurdish groups) to fight Daesh.feedback

Bilal Wahab

The Kurdish government has been really working hard and ... at huge cost to maintain this level of oil independence, and one of the challenges of saying yes to Baghdad is losing that independence they have achieved.feedback

Bilal Wahab

I think the argument is serious. It's not just saber-rattling. The Iraqi economy is in shambles, as is the Kurdish economy, and the war effort adds to the burden.feedback

Halo Najat Hamza

There are sleeper cells who cooperated with them. They have a deep animosity towards Kurds, Shi'ites and the central government.feedback

Mevlut Cavusoglu

(Kurdish) Peshmerga forces we trained in northern Iraq are actively participating, and local forces that we support in Bashiqa, are actively fighting Daesh.feedback

Michael Knights

The Kurds have one objective: for the Americans and the international community to support their independence. To do that they have got to be very, very cooperative in this battle.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

From now on we will not wait for problems to come knocking on our door, we will not wait until the blade is against our bone and skin, we will not wait for terrorist organisations to come and attack us.feedback

Jan Egeland - United Nations

We have gotten it extended in both hours and in terms of days.feedback

Ali Awni

They are giving targets for their mortars. Liberating Mosul is important for the security of Kurdistan. We will have to fight them in the mind as well, to defeat their ideology.feedback

Abu Mahir

It's quite clear Daesh (ISIL) has started to use civilians as human shields by allowing families to stay in buildings likely to be targeted by air strikes.feedback

Daniel Goure

In a sense, the effort to free Mosul began months ago when the Iraqis and Kurds began isolating the city. This kind of mirrors what we learned to do in places like Fallujah.feedback

Daniel Goure

We know the sectarian divisions in Iraq have not been fixed. It's a largely Sunni city, but it's got Kurdish and Tajik and Shia militias.feedback

Massoud Barzani

Military commanders from both the Iraqi army and the Kurdish Peshmerga forces have been working together for a long time to plan for this offensive on Mosul.feedback

Hisham Kazar

This kind of sacrifice is worth it because we are fighting for Kurdish territory, I wouldn't say the same if we were fighting in Iraqi land.feedback

Sarwat Faris

Next, the fight will be between us and the (Shiite) militias. They don't like us because we are Kurdish and Sunni, they hate our people, and we hate them.feedback

John Dorrian

They can just buy them as anybody else would. Some of those are available on Amazon.feedback

Hillary Clinton

There is a lot of very important planning going on, and some of it is to signal to the Sunnis in the area, as well as Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, that we all need to be in this.feedback

Ash Carter

These forces will be primarily to enable Iraqi security forces and also (Kurdish) Peshmerga in the operations to isolate and collapse ISIL's control over Mosul, but also to protect and expand Iraqi security forces' gains elsewhere in Iraq.feedback

Hassan Sharafi

We see that they are being arrested, tortured, interrogated and jailed.feedback

Alex Vatanka

Tehran, the Iranian Kurds and Iraqi Kurdish leadership all have more pressing concerns to worry about.feedback

Gary Johnson

Well, with regard to Syria, I do think that it's a mess. And I think the only way that we deal with Syria is to join hands with Russia to diplomatically bring that at an end. But when we've aligned ourselves with, when we've supported the opposition, the Free Syrian Army, the Free Syrian Army is also coupled with the Islamists, and then the fact that we're also supporting the Kurds. And this is – it's just a mess. And I understand the crisis that is going on. But when we involve ourselves militarily, when we involve ourselves in these humanitarian issues, we end up with a situation that in most cases is not better and in many cases ends up being worse.feedback

James Stavridis

The fundamental Turkish red line is not Assad. It is against the formation of a Kurdish state.feedback

John Kirby

We don't believe tactical operations between members of the SDF and Turkish forces, or forces supported by Turkey, to be productive in terms of the fight against Daesh.feedback

Josh Earnest

The United States welcomes the overnight calm between the Turkish military and other counter-ISIL forces in Syria. It continues to encourage these moves as a way to prevent further hostilities and loss of life between all counter-ISIL forces operating in the area.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We are as determined about the [party], the separatist terror organization's Syrian wing.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We are as determined about the PYD, the separatist terror organization's Syrian wing.feedback

Ibrahim Kalin

The myth that the YPG is the only effective force fighting Islamic State has collapsed.feedback

Mevlut Cavusoglu

We will give every kind of support to the Jarablus operation. This is important for our own security.feedback

Ibrahim Ozdemir

Our friends and neighbours were there. We are sad and in pain. The attack was carried out like an atrocity. We want to end these massacres. We are in pain, especially the women and children.feedback

Mehmet Simsek

We will overcome these problems with strong solidarity. We are a strong state engaged in a difficult fight against all terrorist organisations. God willing we will win.feedback

Mogens Blicher Bjerregaerd

What just happened at Ozgur Gundem, the historical Kurdish daily in Turkey, is unacceptable. Apparently, the authorities are using the post-coup state of emergency situation to attack all critical voices.feedback

Saif Hameed - Reuters

At the sixth village we entered, we received the usual incoming fire and the gunner was firing back ... mortars started to land on our right every three minutes. Suddenly one of the men who was anxiously watching through the narrow, shattered bulletproof glass shouted and all eyes turned to the left. It was a car bomb and it was speeding towards us.feedback

Masrour Barzani - United Nations Security Council

Control over Kanhash Heights give the Peshmerga strategic advantage over nearby enemy positions and the main road linking Mosul. This successful operation will tighten the grip around ISIL's stronghold Mosul.feedback

Cemil Bayik - Kurdistan Workers' Party

The war will from now on be conducted everywhere without distinguishing between mountains, valleys and cities.feedback

Selahattin Demirtas

We have not seen any positive signals from either side ... that this will be an opportunity for resolution.feedback

Safeen Dizayee - Kurdistan Regional Government

Whether this oil goes to the international market or first to Baghdad and then to the market, it doesn't make any difference. We are ready to enter dialogue with Baghdad.feedback

Fadi Hakura - Chatham House

He sees if current trends continue within a few decades Kurds could become the majority in Turkey.feedback

Mevlut Cavusoglu

Our suggestion to them is that they should also wear Daesh, al-Nusra and Al-Qaeda insignias during their operations in other regions of Syria. They can also wear the Boko Haram insignia when they go to Africa, but they don't see YPG in the same way as the other terrorist groups.feedback

Steven Warren

The fact of the matter is, you know, it's not authorised. So in this case, you know, they were directed to remove the patches. As far as any additional reprimands or anything like that, I'm not aware. But, the bottom line and the important thing is, that the situation's been corrected, and that we have communicated to our allies that such conduct was inappropriate and it was unauthorised.feedback

Angela Merkel

We want that the Kurdish people have their equal place and a good future in Turkey. Of course there are mutual dependencies, which you could also call a necessity to reconcile interests.feedback

Tim Ripley

Presumably these (extra U.S. forces) are going to assist our Kurdish YPG friends to widen and deepen their offensive against IS in northeastern Syria.feedback

Fouad Aliko - United Nations

The demands of the Kurds are clear: we want a federal state and we think that the solution of the Syrian crisis lies in the creation of that federal state.feedback

Kati Piri

We also have to pay attention to what's happening inside of the country, as this is all inter-related: the issue of the Kurdish question, what's happening in the south-east of the country and of course the very delicate matters of press freedom.feedback

Mevlut Cavusoglu

With the power of our state and wisdom of our people, we will dig up the roots of this terror network which targets our unity and peace.feedback

Philip Hammond

We are aware of all these games aimed at making Turkey a country that shares a border with a terrorist organisation and we won't allow them.feedback

Philip Hammond

What we have seen over the last weeks is very disturbing evidence of coordination between Syrian Kurdish forces, the Syrian regime and the Russian air force which are making us distinctly uneasy about the Kurds' role in all of this.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Those who head the PYD and PKK say this has no connection with them, but based on the information obtained by our interior minister and our intelligence agencies, it has been identified that this was done by them.feedback

Abdurrahman Ozer

This is a game played by foreign powers against our country. Now it is high time to stand in solidarity. Nobody is in a position to criticise the others. I believe that we will rise above this together. I am very saddened.feedback

Peter Cook

The so-called hospital was installed without any prior consultation with the Syrian government by the so-called French network called MSF which is a branch of the French intelligence operating in Syria. They assume the full consequences of the act because they did not consult with the Syrian government.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

The Kurds are part of the conflict in Syria, but also in Iraq, and therefore they should also be part of the solution.feedback

John McCain

Let's be clear about what this agreement does. It allows Russia's assault on Aleppo to continue for another week. Mr Putin is not interested in being our partner. He wants to shore up the Assad regime, he wants to establish Russia as a major power in the Middle East, he wants to use Syria as a live fire exercise for Russia's modernizing military.feedback

Norbert Röttgen

Russia is determined to create facts on the ground, and when they have accomplished this, then they will invite the West to fight a common enemy, this is ISIS.feedback

Saleh Muslim

Do they want the Nusra Front to stay there, or for the regime to come and occupy it?feedback

Ahmet Davutoglu

Today retaliation was taken under the rules of engagement against forces that represented a threat in Azaz and the surrounding area.feedback

Ahmet Davutoglu

We will help our brothers in Aleppo with all means at our disposal. We will take those in need, but we will never allow Aleppo to be emptied through an ethnic massacre.feedback

John Kirby

We have urged Syrian Kurdish and other forces affiliated with the YPG not to take advantage of a confused situation by seizing new territory.feedback

John Kirby

We are concerned about the situation north of Aleppo and are working to de-escalate tensions on all sides. We have urged Syrian Kurdish forces affiliated with the YPG not to take advantage of a confused situation by seizing new territory. We have also seen reports of artillery fire from the Turkish side of the border and urged Turkey to cease such fires.feedback

John Kirby

This is not a new concern, as I said, that the Turks have proffered. And we don't, as you know, recognise the PYD as a terrorist organization.feedback

Ahmet Davutoglu

We have never been scared, we are not and we will never be. We have always been here , we are here and we will be here. God will claim my life one day. Here I am praying for him to claim it here in Diyarbakir with my Kurdish brothers.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The latest developments in Syria are feeding the appetite of the terrorist organisation PKK against our national unity.feedback

Walid Jumblatt

That accord is dead. Today is the beginning of a path that will lead to new boundaries being drawn up between minorities. Kurdish and Turkmen minorities, and also between religions and denominations. We are only at the beginning of a long process. But I do not see the Syrian and Iraqi regimes remaining unchanged.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

This incident shows Turkey was right in its fight against terrorism. Our fight against terrorism will continue until the end.feedback

Umit Firat

We are in a very different time compared with the June 7th elections. There is strong violence and fighting. There is a war of sorts. Under these circumstances, we cannot talk about a genuine election campaign. There is no political discussion in the region. Therefore, these elections are taking place in an environment that is much tenser than during the worst clashes of the 1990s.feedback

Onur Kaplan

If you live in the southeast region, you face the policies of the state (he refers here to military operations). But Kurds in the west of Turkey are different. We can't say we're assimilated, but we are far away from the southeast, don't think the same way. There may be differences in voting trends.feedback

Bora Bayraktar - Euronews

Turkey's political climate is very different from the last polls. Can you define the mood in terms of the Kurdish question?feedback

Johannes Hahn - European Union

The Commission hopes to see an end to the escalating violence in Turkey and the return to negotiations on a lasting solution on the Kurdish issue.feedback

Johannes Hahn - European Union

In the past year, significant shortcomings affected the independence of the judiciary as well as freedom of assembly and freedom of expression, in particular as regards increased pressure and intimidation of journalists.feedback

Johannes Hahn - European Union

No one wants to risk their money unless they can depend on the independence of the judiciary.feedback

Zeki Saatchi

The sheer number of voters registered abroad makes up 5 per cent of the total electorate. This can help the HDP pass the vital 10 percent threshold to get into parliament or assist the AKP to get an absolute majority.feedback