ANKARA Arden Key Jersey , Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- Turkey's solution process on the Kurdish issue is back on track and running smoothly, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday.
Davutoglu made the remarks before reporters at Ankara's Esenboga Airport upon leaving for the Macedonian capital of Skopje.
The Turkish prime minister said Turkey always regarded the solution process as a natural consequence of democratization, adding that "our government has never displayed a doubt or hesitant attitude about the solution process."
The prime minister's remarks followed a meeting earlier on Monday between Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan and pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party politicians.
Ankara launched the process last year in a bid to end the decades-long conflict with the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK), which so far claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people.
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The imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan has insisted on legal guarantees to safeguard the settlement process to the Kurdish issue.
He pointed out that a solution to the conflict could be reached within four to five months if the process is handled with seriousness and commitment.
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ISLAMABAD， June 19 (Xinhua) -- Brother and uncle of the former Pakistani Taliban Chief， Hakeemullah Mehsud， and four militant commanders have surrendered to the government in a tribal region， security officials said on Sunday.
Hakimullah had been killed in U.S. drone strike in North Waziristan in November， 2013.
All men handed over themselves to the authorities in Kurram tribal region， bordering Afghanistan late Saturday， a security official told Xinhua in the region.
The official said Ejaz Mehsud， brother and Khair Muhammad Mehsud， uncle of Hakeemullah as well as four Taliban commanders gave up militancy， the official said.
They surrendered at Shaheedanu Dand， a crossing point between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Officials believe they may have crossed the border from Afghanistan as ""many of Taliban militants have fled to Afghanistan"" as the result of military operations in the tribal regions.
An official source said there is possibility more Taliban members could also surrender in the couple of days.
All the surrendered men have been shifted to a nearby security forces' fort for questioning， a source said.
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LONDON, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- The tricky issue of what Britain will have to pay in its European Union (EU) divorce bill is a question that will not go away, British expert Iain Begg said in an interview with Xinhua on Tuesday.
Responding to the claim by the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier that Brexit talks were too slow Karl Joseph Raiders Jersey , Begg said he had a point.
Begg is a leading EU expert at the London School of Economics European Institute and has followed the progress of the Brexit wrangle since Britain first announced the issue would be put to the nation in a referendum.
On Monday, at the start of a new round of negotiations in Brussels, Barnier called for Britain to take talks over exiting the EU more seriously, expressing concern that time was passing and progress had not been made on the terms of Britain's departure.
"We need UK positions on all separation issues. This is necessary to make sufficient progress," Begg agreed. "We must start negotiating seriously."
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"The question of the divorce bill will not go away, Britain has to adopt a position on this," said Begg.
Both Britain and the EU played down the prospect of a breakthrough in the ongoing Brexit talks as the EU insists substantial progress be made in paying the divorce bill before moving to the next phase of negotiations.
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The question is whether Britain feels it can bale out before the end of that seven-year period.
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