Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) 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 the imprisoned leader of the outlawed PKK Abdullah Ocalan.
“We declare the HDP is ready to take any responsibility in this regard,” he said.
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 its leader Ocalan.
The PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as NATO and the EU. The conflict between the Turkish government and the group has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people and injured thousands.
In the declaration, the HDP emphasised that the new government to be established should speed up and conclude a constitution that is around a multicultural and multi-faith social structure, and consists democracy, equality, freedom and social values.
In addition, the declaration mentioned 40 percent of the HDP includes female deputies and promised to equalise the numbers with male deputies in the next term.