Kurdish peace process impossible to continue: Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said it was impossible to continue peace process with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and that politicians with links to "terrorist groups" should be stripped of their immunity from prosecution.

"It is not possible for us to continue the peace process with those who threaten our national unity and brotherhood," Erdogan told.

Erdogan also said a "secure zone" in northern Syria, which Turkey and the United States are in talks about establishing, would pave the way for the return of 1.7 million Syria refugees currently being sheltered in Turkey.

According to Reuters he added that politicians with links to "terrorist groups" should be stripped of their immunity from prosecution.

"No steps back will be taken in our fight against terrorism, this is a process and it will continue with the same determination," Erdogan told a news conference ahead of his departure on an official visit to China.

He said he expected the NATO military alliance, which holds an emergency meeting on July 28, would declare itself ready to take the necessary steps, but gave no details.

News Code: 10976  |  Date: 2015/07/28  |  Time: 13 : 58

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