In a press conference on Friday, pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) officials urged members of other political parties to form a national coalition with them in order to continue with the Kurdish-Turkish peace process.
The HDP entered the parliament as a political party for the first time following the June 7 election after collecting 13 percent of the vote and overcoming Turkey’s ten percent electoral threshold.
At the conference HDP deputy from Ankara Sirri Sureyya Onder said, “For peace, we must form a national coalition. This would be more vital than the government coalition.”
The peace process was initiated in 2012 by the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) to resolve the three-decade long conflict between the government and the PKK which has claimed the lives of 40,000 people.
The PKK is recognised as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, NATO and the EU.
During the negotiations, a delegation named Imrali was formed which communicated with the leader of the PKK, Abdullah, Ocalan who remains imprisoned on Imrali island of the Sea of Marmara.
Onder said that the delegation has applied to the ministry of justice for permission to visit Imrali and the HDP desires the process to resume in a serious manner, adding that “We should form a national coalition altogether. It is much more necessary, vital and valuable than the government coalition.”
HDP Istanbul deputy Pervin Buldan and HDP Diyarbakir deputy Idris Baluken, who are also on the Imrali delegation, accompanied Onder during the press conference.
“We call on all political parties to form the coalition without losing any time and before distressful issues increase,” Onder said.
The HDP delegation requested the formation of monitoring delegation agreed upon with the government to be put in force as soon as possible, while saying the call for the disarmament of the PKK promised by Ocalan will be made in accordance with the agreement.