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    Several Kurdish organizations gathered in southeastern Turkey on Sunday and called for creation of autonomous regions amid the increased violence by the central government against the Kurds, media reported.

    After a two-day meeting in the city of Diyarbakir, the Kurds demanded more autonomy at the local level, suggesting that Turkey should be divided into several autonomous territories which would have their own legislatures and governments.

    According to them, the new federal structure could be a part of the "alternative democratic solution" to the problems in Turkey.

    Selahattin Demirtas, the co-chairman of the Turkish pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP), called on the government in Ankara to read the requirements with prudence and calm, adding that the Kurds want to have a dialogue with the government.

    However, according to German newspaper DWN, the demand for self-rule could further inflame tensions between the Kurds and the central authorities.

    On Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared that Turkey would not tolerate the creation of another state within its borders. The Erdogan government is concerned that the military success of the Kurds in neighboring Syria could inspire separatism among Turkish Kurds as well.

    A few days ago, Ankara started the so called anti-terrorist operation in southeastern regions of the country, involving 10,000 military and police forces. As result of the offensive, over 200 Kurdish militants were killed, while more than 200,000 Kurds flee Turkey amid increased violence.


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