Speaking in an interview with Turkish TV channel NTV Metin Ozkan, the counselor of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli said on Monday that they can maintain the peace process with the outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) if they lay down arms their and sit on the table without any conditions.
“As the MHP, we do not want this country’s mothers to cry or our brothers in southern Turkey to live under the PKK’s threats. We always want a solution but also have strict ‘red lines’” said Ozkan.
The Kurdish-Turkish 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.
Declaring their own peace process Ozkan said “If we will maintain the peace process, the PKK must lay down arms immediately and bring no demands to the negotiations.”
In response to the MHP’s resistance, Cemil Bayik, co-chair of the Kurdistan Communities' Union (KCK) which is an umbrella organization bringing together all of the members and activities of the PKK, has made a comment saying that the “MHP has to change.”
Bayik said the MHP cannot be in Turkey’s politics with “a language used for tens of years” and would be harming Turkey if it continued with the same attitude.
The PKK is a registered terrorist organization by the US, EU, and Turkey.
On the other hand, MHP vice president and Istanbul deputy Semih Yalcin said that the reason behind the coalition deadlock is not about lack of options but because political parties’ are being unprincipled.
Emphasising that the Republican People’s Party (CHP) does not act responsibly, Yalcin said “If the CHP is able to think about being a part of a coalition with the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), we suggest them to form a coalition with the AK Party.”
The continuation of the peace process with the outlawed PKK was one of the red lines issued by the MHP leader Devlet Bahceli with strong opposition.
Bahceli also stated earlier this week that his party will never participate in a political formation that directly or indirectly includes the pro-Kurdish the HDP.
"How can we form a government with the political messenger of a terrorist organisation which ruthlessly kills babies, soldiers, police officers and thousands of innocent citizens?" Bahceli said.