Nongovernmental organizations have offered an Islamic solution to the Turkish-Kurdish conflict, which had been the cause of decades of violence until the ruling party's recent reconciliation process. But the reconciliation process, while aiming to end the decades-long insurgency of the PKK, has predominantly left social aspects of the problem unsolved. Strengthening common Islamic values has been suggested as a solution to the conflict by members of nongovernmental organizations instead of corroborating with liberalism and nationalism.
The organizations, including the Confederation of Public Servants' Trade Unions (Memur-sen) and the Hizbullah-linked he Mustazaf Association (Mustazaf-Der) held a workshop to discuss the possible solutions to Turkey's Kurdish issue. While society is growing impatient about reaching a resolution to the lingering process, nongovernmental organizations have come up with their own solutions to the problem. Yunus Memiş, one of the representatives who read out the outcome of discussions between nongovernmental organizations that were held for two days at a hotel in a southeastern province of Turkey, asserted that walking away from Islam for both Kurds and Turks will engender the risk of conflict.
Memiş, who claimed the problem has historical, political, social, economic, regional and international dimensions, said that wrong approaches have thus far delayed resolution and deepened the problem.
"Detachment from the nation-state paradigm and a nationalist, liberal view could make a resolution possible in the matter. The resolution should be sought with an Islamic perspective and historical experience should be resorted to," Memiş said. He added that such a viewpoint has not been adopted thus far and that historical experiences should not be utilized.
Author Müfit Yüksel also believes a solution cannot be reached without Islam. "The devout Muslims in the region should have pursued a solution to the matter and consider it as their own problem. Religious Kurds are the assurance of peace," Yüksel said.