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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
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NEW Apr 30 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about Kurds. 154 people are quoted and you can read 253 citations of them about Kurds. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Masrour Barzani, Selahattin Demirtas and Mevlut Cavusoglu, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: “Groups "must come to an end.”.
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All quotes about Kurds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vladimir Putin

Today, we provide military and technical assistance both to Iraq and Syria. We think it is an enormous mistake to refuse to cooperate with the Syrian government. We should finally acknowledge that no one but President Assad's armed forces and Kurdish militia are truly fighting the Islamic State [movement] and other terrorist organisations in Syria.feedback

Ozgur Ergun

I am here for brotherhood. I am here to put an end to these tragedies. Turks and Kurds are brothers. Separatists are the traitors. I wish to see the peace process finalised.feedback

Youssef Hamid

The goal of this demonstration is to tell the public and all the foreign NGOs about the Turkish attacks in Syria, Turkey and Iraq. All these attacks are targeting Kurdish people and they're denying the existence of Kurdistan.feedback

Selahattin Demirtas

Erdogan is doing this to create a false perception among the general population. His main objective is not to disarm the PKK but instead make sure the People's Democratic Party pays the price for PKK violence. He doesn't care about peace. Erdogan wants to take revenge out on the People's Democratic Party for their results in the elections.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

It is right and timely that we hold this meeting today to address the instability on Turkey's doorstep and on Nato's border. Nato is following developments very closely and we stand in strong solidarity with our ally, Turkey.feedback

Leon Edart

We have seen people arrested but among the 600 people arrested, there were probably a hundred from ISIS and the rest were Kurds. In fact, we want the world to witness that.feedback

Selahattin Demirtas

Those who are speaking on behalf of the old government should not take any anti-peace process comments seriously, not before the new parliament and the new government are formed. The Turkish society expects a solution from us on the Kurdish issue.feedback

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

We ended an autocratic era through democratic means. Democracy has won. Turkey has won.feedback

Oktay Vural

It would be wrong for me to make an assessment about a coalition, our party will assess that in the coming period. I think the AK Party will be making its own new evaluations after this outcome.feedback

Mithat Sancar

The Kurds want strong representation and a policy of pursuing and defending their rights. They expect this. Off course, the biggest wish is the end of the war [between the PKK and the Turkish state]. They want the peace to be permanent. Kurds want a fair peace and a democratic solution for Kurdish matters.feedback

Bora Bayraktar - Euronews

Although many Turks think that Kurdish voters are one entity, they're not. People in this region have different expectations and different choices. This has been reflected in election voting. Those who look at the last 30 years think that a return to violence is highly likely, but the city of Mardin, home to different cultures and identities, gives a different message: this city with its Kurds, Turks, Arabs and Assyrians shows that living together in peace also holds a strong potential.feedback

Orhan Miroglu

This region is not a place to be defined as one political entity. The AKP and the HDP have equal power, simply in different cities.feedback

Bora Bayraktar - Euronews

With a week to go, parties are playing their last cards in Istanbul which has the biggest number of voters. On the one hand, the HDP, seeking to pass that threshold. On the other, the AKP which wants to rule alone. The two parties' supporters, meeting in nearby squares, will determine the fate of Turkey.feedback

Bora Bayraktar - Euronews

The ruling Justice and Development Party is the biggest alliance in Turkish politics. It brings conservatives and the centre right under one roof. The Republican People's Party and the Nationalist Movement are the oldest political traditions. The main actor in this election is the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), which brings Kurds and the left-wing together.feedback

Wolfgang Spindler - Euronews

The result of this political intervention is that most important Turkish film festival will neither have an award nor a closing ceremony. It may also make already difficult relations between Turkey and Kurds even worse. A sad outcome.feedback

Trent Franks

First thing related to ISIS, they (the administration) have to try to arm the Kurds and we are going to have to have some American presence on the ground and do what is necessary to destroy this evil organization.feedback

Francois Hollande

Other actions are expected in the coming days with the same goal to weaken this terrorist organisation, and help the Iraqi authorities. By that I mean Iraqi troops and Kurdish Peshmerga based in Iraq.feedback

Bora Bayraktar - Euronews

A long and difficult journey, being forced to live together under hard conditions and the risk of illness. The Kurdish refugees who fled from the threat of ISIL have health problems too. They rely on the support of these volunteers.feedback

Umit Firat

It is certainly possible that in these meetings things have been proposed to him, and Ocalan might say: 'I guarantee to turn the page on military action in exchange for not spending the rest of my life in prison.feedback

Emma Sinclair-Webb

All of these killings and disappearances happened in the early 1990s, and there is in Turkish law a time limitation on prosecution, so that if you don't prosecute murder within 20 years, the case drops. And right now, in 2013, we are on the very edge of the time limitation expiring.feedback

Hasan Koni

They need a motion taken by the parliament and taking this motion in front of the American objection and the Iraqi government objection is not really possible, so I see this decision as a public diplomacy in order to appease the Turkish people.feedback

Raphaele Tavernier - Euronews

Right in front of me, there is a school, attached to the refugee camp. But Yazidi children do not have access to it, because the local children get priority and also because they are taught in English and Kurdish and the refugees only speak Arabic.feedback

Omar Maqsoud

This is a Kurdish lesson, which is very important to me because it's my mother tongue and learning it was forbidden in Syria.feedback

Najat Hassan

I am proud of this decision, the Kurds now are fighting for the sake of the whole world, ISIL is a terrorist international group that fights and threatens all the world not only the Kurds.feedback

Kurd Ibrahim Aziz

Finally we received some good news from our government, we are happy with this decision of sending Peshmerga to Kobani, this step is very good, and we are ready to go there, even me personally I am ready to go even to fight there for the whole year.feedback

Mohammed Shaikhibrahim - Euronews

The ISIL attacks against Kobani have helped unify Kurds, as people here in Irbil say they belong to the same nation even though they live in different places.feedback

Seve Aydin-Izouli

This barbaric, savage crime is unspeakable. We are shattered. I think someone wanted above all to attack symbols.feedback

Giovanni Magi

The 10th district of Paris houses a very large Kurdish community, which numbers nearly 150,000 people in France. It's a community profoundly shocked by this extremly violent act.feedback

Sirri Sakik

We call on the French government to find those who carried out the killings and inform the public. We are going through an important period in the quest for peace. When we look at the past, we see that whenever such peace talks are underway, such attacks, such acts of provocation have always taken place.feedback

Atilla Sandikli

The PKK has transformed into a profit making organisation and terrorist group at the same time. That means they liquidate people. If there is a group of people who disagree or don't comply with the leadership they are removed.feedback

Bora Bayraktar - Euronews

People in Turkey have seen many such peace talks and remain cautious. They watch from a distance and await the outcome.feedback

Mohamed Métalsi

There's no such thing as Arab Music – that's why we say music from the Arab World. There is music which is sung in Arab, other music sung in Berber, other music in Kurdish, in Noubian, Syrian, Aramaic, etc. The diversity of these populations, from the whole of the Arab world, is reflected in the different musical expressions.feedback

Carol Batchelor

I don't think in the last three and a half years we have seen 100 thousand people crossing in two days.We are approaching in Turkey 1.6 million refugees and now over a hundred thousand influx and quite frankly we don't know when those numbers will end. We don't know what the future holds.feedback

Hasan Bektas

ISIL came and tyrannised us. We left our homes and property behind, we left everything we had because of ISIL's cruelty.feedback

Abdul Kareem Luaibi

We have indications and detailed reports on the border points used to smuggle crude from the region towards Iran and most of the smuggled crude goes through Iraqi borders, through the Gulf ports of Bandar Abbas and Khumaini Port and are sold at prices much lower than the international standard.feedback

Gordon Brown

We believe that action within Iraq, working with the Iraqi government, with our allies, including the USA, is the way we can deal with this problem. We are aware that action has to be taken to prevent groups moving from Iraq into Turkey, and threatening the lives of Turkish citizens.feedback

Vali Nasr

Whether Assad stays or Assad leaves is rather irrelevant at this point in time. Even if Assad were to leave power, the military machine that supports him, the portion of the population that supports him, upwards of 50 percent of the population. If you count the number of Alawites, Christians and Kurds who either like him or are afraid of the opposition, this suggests that without Assad there is still reason for fighting in this country.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The PYD (Kurdish Democratic Union Party) is for us, the same as the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party); it is also a terror organisation. It would be wrong for the United States – with whom we are friends and allies in NATO – to expect us to say 'Yes' to such support – supplying arms to a terrorist organisation. We can't say 'yes' to that.feedback

Selahattin Demirtas

The solution process is developing positively. Our aim is to make Turkey democratic. To serve this purpose, I am preparing an announcement on 21 March – a historic call.feedback

Ismet Capa

There's nothing better than peace, nothing. But people will die unless Kurdish and Turkish mothers work together for a peaceful future.feedback

Ahmet Turk

From this day we are actually withdrawing from parliament. We will not participate in parliament but I hope everyone will think about today, tomorrow and the future one more time.feedback

Pascal Golnisch

In Iraq there are three main groupings, all the world know this. There are Kurds, the Sunnis and the Shi'ites, each with their own territory, local government and militia. The Christians, they have no local government, no territory and no militia.feedback

Aysel Tugluk

To make Turkey more democratic, the Kurdish problem needs to solved in a democratic way.feedback

Aysel Tugluk

The solution should be to stop this deadlock policy and allow Kurds to use their identity language and culture.feedback

Mahsun Demir

They have lynched three educated women of ours in Paris, massacred them. We damn those who did this.feedback

Resat Kaymaz

We've said it before, this is a wall of shame. Walls around the world have been brought down. Some took a while, but they've been brought down. We are fighting for this wall not to be built. But if it goes up, it will come down. This is not a wall being built on a border. This is a wall being built between the people of Kurdistan. We want the building to stop.feedback

Bora Bayraktar - Euronews

Here, at the epicentre, people who have lost their homes spent the night in Turkish Red Crescent tents. All the aid has been brought here, to this location.feedback

Hasni Abidi

I think that first a state of emergency rule must be declared, secondly Maliki and the political entities must set aside their own interests, and thirdly all the various sectarian groups in Iraq must come together to work on solutions. That must include the people living in the area around Mosul. If this is not done, then ISIL will advance even more. They have been in Falluja for two years, and have even managed to reach geographic areas that are extremely difficult to get to, notably Kurdish areas in Iraqi territory but which are also in the Turkish sphere.feedback

Umit Firat

What's happened should not close this chapter. The government should accelerate its efforts to erase the bad memories of such incidents and continue its policy of openness.feedback

Umit Firat

When you're making an operation to gain superiority in the region, you lose people both psychologically and physically. This negative impact will last.feedback

Hoshyar Zebari

Is the war against Islamic State to defend Kurdistan and the Kurdish areas, or is it a decision or stems from a unified decision with the new government to eradicate this extremist group?feedback

Hoshyar Zebari

The war today is not only for defending Kurdistan and the Kurdish territory but is also a war for the defence of Iraq's people and minorities. This war is for the defence of the whole region and humanity.feedback

Louis Raphael Sako

Local people want change, they want acts not just words. To face these militants we need a military force and not merely shelling targets, we need boots on the ground with the help and cooperation of the Iraqi army and the Kurdish army.feedback

Kenneth Pollack

It would be a very significant mistake on the part of the United States to embark on a military campaign in Iraq, either unilaterally or in conjunction with the current government of Baghdad, because it has been so badly discredited in the eyes of Iraq's Sunni community, its Kurdish community, even important elements of Iraq's own Shia community.feedback

Adil Gür

In Turkey the people who vote for Demirtas are Kurds, and over the last decade of elections only two parties have taken any Kurdish votes; the AKP and HDP. That means a large number of HDP and BDP supporters will vote for Erdogan. I don't think a second round will be needed, someone will win outright.feedback

Adil Gür

Polls conducted recently show Ihsanoğlu's name recognition at 80 to 90 percent, but knowing his name doesn't mean people know his politics. To be known people need to know where a candidate stands on political issues and the problems facing Turkey, like for example what to do about the Kurds? What's his foreign policy? It's important the electorate knows this. In this situation unfortunately Mr. Ihsanoğlu, even if his name's known now, is still at a disadvantage compared to the other two.feedback

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

It is now known that three German citizens have been kidnapped in eastern Turkey. We have called an immediate meeting of the Foreign Ministry Crisis Management Group, and the team has been in contact with officials in Turkey.feedback

Ali Emin

Our decision is clear and I have no further explanations to give.feedback

Mehmet Ali Şahin

I hope that the Electoral Commission will review this decision, if the situation makes it at all legally possible to do so.feedback

Chuck Hagel

ISIL's advance in parts of Iraq has stalled, and in some cases been reversed, by Iraqi, Kurdish and tribal forces supported by U.S. and coalition airstrikes.feedback

Chuck Hagel

This fund will be critical for enabling Iraqi Security Forces, including Kurdish and tribal forces, to go on the offensive in 2015, and it will require the Iraqi government and coalition members to make significant contributions as well.feedback

Yılmaz Erdoğan

In our folk culture, with our theatrical narrations and with Kurdish poet Dengbej's narration we have a diversified narrative culture. We have been drawn away from this culture. But with the improvement of Kurdish cinema and with the new Turkish directors who are questioning the history and society of Turkey we are opening ourselves to a new world.feedback

Mahir Kaynak

Turkey is now a regional power, we accept the Kurds and multiculturalism and respect our neighbours, the politics of today does not suit the MHP and some want to change the ideology and chose blackmail as the way to do it.feedback

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

In close agreement with our European and international partners, we want to do this (send weapons) to an extent which supports and strengthens the Peshmerga's ability to defend itself. We know about the risks connected with this and we will therefore show great judgement regarding the type and quantity of the shipments.feedback

Massoud Barzani

We believe your visit will build very strong bridges between Turkey and our country and our region.feedback

Massoud Barzani

The Kurdish Regional government will send 150,000 barrels of Kirkuk oil through the pipeline that goes through Turkey to the export terminal.feedback

John Kirby

LIkewise, we ought to be prepared for the eventuality that other towns and other villages, other pieces of ground, will either fall to ISIL or we may not be able to dislodge them from that for quite some time.feedback

Ayden Abdulcabbbar

Nobody recruits me, why? Because I am Turkmen. If I were Kurdish, Shiite or if I belonged to another ethnicity, I would be able to find work. I have three daughters to support, I have rent to pay. Why should I have to earn my living, doing manual labour? Do you think that's fitting for an educated person?feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey does not determine its domestic and foreign policy based on the violent acts of terrorists and drifters. Those puppets and the leaders who pull their strings should be aware that Turkey won't be intimidated by street protests and change direction.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

There are three important steps that need to be taken. One of them is to launch and to maintain the security of a no-fly zone. Secondly, a secure buffer zone should be established inside Syria. Thirdly, we need to arrange training and supplies with our partners for these projects.feedback

Barack Obama

There are a lot of questions that as I spoke to experts kept on coming up – Do we know how the Shia and the Sunni and the Kurds are going to get along in a post-Saddam situation? What's our asessment as to how this will affect the battle against terrorists like al-Qaeda? Have we finished the job in Afghanistan?feedback

Angela Merkel

We faced a choice, not to take any risks, not to deliver and to accept the spread of terror; or to support those who are desperately but couragesly fighting the atrocious terror of ISIL with limited resources.feedback

Masrour Barzani - United Nations Security Council

No heavy armament has been provided and the Iraqis did not, in fact, even for this operation, we asked the Iraqi government to provide the ammunition needed for this operation. Unfortunately, they did not send the ammunition and their contribution was nothing, to be quite frank with you, especially for this operation.feedback

Masrour Barzani - United Nations Security Council

But hopefully, our hope is, that all those people (the Yazidis on Mount Sinjar) will eventually be able to go back to their own homes and villages and towns. But those that are in need of evacuation now, a corridor has been opened to evacuate those people.feedback

Masrour Barzani - United Nations Security Council

We do not want Peshmergas to be the only ones going into the areas, to have some political ramifications. The liberation of Mosul will require the participation of Arab forces, especially the Iraqi government military.feedback

Masrour Barzani - United Nations Security Council

This operation will of course continue to clear all the areas that are still under the control of ISIS (the Islamic State group) but the details of that, or the timing of that, I am not at liberty to discuss at the moment.feedback

John Kerry

In recent days the security cooperation between the forces here, in the Kurdish area, have been really critical in helping to draw a line in respect to ISIL.feedback

Paul Ivan

It's clear that there needs to be a clear strategy to do this. And at the same time I would say that the Kurdish troops are better organised than maybe the Shi'ite and the Sunni part of the Iraqi army.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We are going to amend the regulation on employees' appearance in state offices and we are lifting the ban that bars women wearing head scarves. The regulation includes restrictions on women and men's appearances and this is a violation and discrimination against the freedom of religion and consciousness.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Last year, we made an amendment that paved the way for instruction in languages other than Turkish in state schools. Now it will be possible to instruct in languages other than Turkish in non-state schools.feedback

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