Pro-Kurdish wing makes conflictive statements on disarmament

Disarmament issue remains in suspense due to conflictive statements of pro-Kurdish political and armed sides in Turkey

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

The armed wing of pro-Kurdish issue in Turkey imposes conditions for laying down arms while political wing makes different statements after June 7 general election.

One of the chiefs of the outlawed PKK, Cemil Bayik, said the only provision to continue the “Resolution Process” is releasing Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader and founder of the PKK.

At the beginning of 2013, the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) announced a peace initiative called the “Resolution Process” following its previous “Democratic Initiative,” and the PKK seemed responsive under the instructions of Ocalan.

The PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as NATO and the EU. The 30-year-long conflict between the Turkish government and the group has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people and injured thousands.

On the other hand, the co-chairman of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtas, stated on Thursday that Ocalan is ready to make a call for the group to lay down their arms.

Demirtas has said his party was ready to visit the Imrali island, the place in which Ocalan is imprisoned, and take responsibility to achieve security, peace and the welfare of society.

The HDP also declared a manifesto following the election after holding its party assembly on Thursday, in which one of the main issues highlighted was the continuation of the peace process.

In the manifesto, the HDP said, “We are calling on the new government -regardless of who makes it up- to resume the resolution process” while calling for freedom for Ocalan.

“We declare the HDP is ready to take any responsibility in this regard,” the manifesto said.

Ocalan made a call to withdraw all armed PKK members from Turkish lands and put an end to the armed conflict at the 2013 Newroz celebrations, a festival that the Kurdish population of Turkey see as an important traditional event, and repeated his call in 2015 Newroz.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan and a HDP delegation made a joint press conference on Feb. 28, 2015, in front of the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul following their agreement on the continuation of the peace process.

However, the PKK continued to threaten the Peace Process with several attacks which increased especially before the June 7 general elections.

TRTWorld and agencies