The Turkish Prime Minister has apologised on behalf of the state for the killings of thousands of Kurds during a military crackdown in the 1930s.
In a speech to members of his AK party Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the bloody campaign that left almost 14,000 people dead as “among the most tragic events of our near history”.
It happened Dersim, now named Tunceli, between 1936 and 1939, under the rule of the opposition Republican People’s Party. Erdogan condemned its current leadership for what he said was its failure to confront the past. The killings have been a long stand source of debate between the Turkey’s two main political blocs.