Turkish PM wants peace with Kurds, EU membership by 2023

New constitution planned by Davutoglu's new government

02 September, 12:30

    New Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu New Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA - Peace in Turkish Kurdistan and EU membership by 2023 are the two main aims of the new Turkish government's program presented on Monday to the parliament by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, appointed on Thursday by newly sworn-in head of state Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Davutoglu noted that the new government aims to get the parliament to pass a new constitution. Erdogan has repeatedly said that he would like to see a presidential system brought in, but his AKP party does not have the necessary two-thirds majority in parliament.

    The next parliamentary elections are slated for June 2015. The new prime minister pledged to act with ''determination that will change the country's future'' on the issue of the difficult peace process for Turkish Kurdistan that began in December 2012 with PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, detained on the Imrali prison island. For more than a year a truce with Kurdish separatists has been in place. The parliament will hold a confidence vote on the new government on Saturday. Davutoglu has said that the country aims to have EU membership in time for the Turkish Republic centenary celebrations in 2023 and reiterated the aim set by Erdogan for Turkey to be the 10th largest world economy (currently 17th) by that date. EU membership talks that began in 2015 have thus far moved forward very slowly due to hostility from several EU members to the idea of a Muslim country with 75 million inhabitants joining the union. Another cause of contention is Cyprus, the northern sector of which has been occupied by Turkey since 1974.(ANSAmed).

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