Still all is not bad news from Turkey on the political front. Shortly after taking office as President of the Turkish Republic, Abdullah Gul hit back at the ‘secret state’ which had vigorously tried to prevent him from taking office, by choosing to visit the south east of Turkey on his first official trip outside Ankara. Whilst there he went out of his way to meet the representatives of the Kurdish political parties, including the DTP and he was given a warm welcome by many Kurdish people. The message the government seemed to be passing on to its Kurdish citizens is that unlike previous administration, they are willing to negotiate an end to the PKK insurgency which would include an extension of democratic rights and equality. One can only live in hope.