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Referendum in Turkey is not possible without bloodshed

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Submitted by Kyriacos Kyriakides (Cyprus), Sep 17, 2014 at 15:47

"I foresee a referendum in Turkey analogous to the imminent one in Scotland, in which those living in the majority-Kurdish regions vote whether to remain part of the Republic of Turkey or to secede."

It is not possible. Ethnic Turkish mentality does not allow it. Ninety percent of Turks fall under the western label 'right wing' or 'nationalist'. Turks do not recognize Kurdish identity, let alone count them as ethnically Kurds or allow them to vote for secession. Kurds know this. That is why they are following the Turkish Cypriots' example in Cyprus: self-segregation. This means that sooner or later gun powder will speak. Because as I like saying the maximum concessions Erdogan can offer does not even come close to intersecting with the minimum Kurdish demands.

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