Turkish Deputy PM says ‘nothing new under sun’

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Akdogan says nothing left to talk about regarding Kurdish-Turkish Resolution Process, criticising pro-Kurdish party over its role in breaking ceasefire

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan stated on Wednesday that there is nothing left to discuss “under the sun” regarding the Resolution Process with Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), which Akdogan described as having been “abused” by the outlawed PKK.

The AK Party government announced a peace initiative named the “Resolution Process” in the beginning of 2013, which followed on from its previous “Democratic Initiative” launched in 2012, and the PKK initially seemed responsive under the instructions of its jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan.

“I’m tired of discrediting their [HDP deputies] lies. They’re continuously telling lies. All the points they have made are unrealistic and serve to poison the process. They always tell lies in the name of Ocalan: Ocalan is against the presidential system, Ocalan is against a coalition with the AK Party [the governing Justice and Development Party]. They are all out-and-out lies,” Akdogan said, speaking to Anadolu Agency’s Editor’s Desk.

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 of others.

Akdogan harshly criticised the role of the HDP in suspending the Resolution Process and breaking the ceasefire with PKK, and said it had allowed itself to be “abused,” speaking to Anadolu Agency’s Editor’s Desk.

“Knowingly, the HDP let those who are the enemies of the process use itself in order to the electoral threshold and participate in the parliament. In return, the process was sacrificed. They betrayed the process. For the sake of overthrowing the AK Party, knowing the importance of Ocalan’s position, the HDP let them [the PKK] abuse itself,” said Akdogan.

Independent pro-Kurdish deputies did not stand as candidates in elections under a political party until the 2015 general election on June 7, because of Turkey’s election threshold which requires 10 percent of the vote for a party to be represented in parliament, according to the constitution established by the leaders of a military coup in 1982.

Akdogan also said that nobody can blame the Turkish government for recent operations began on July 24 against PKK and ISIS locations in Syria and Iraq:

“The organisation [the PKK] decided to take direct action after the general election. [The PKK] itself announced this decision several times, stating ‘I’m breaking the ceasefire.’ Those who say the government did this/did that should look to the statements of the organisation.”

The KCK, an umbrella organisation containing militant Kurdish factions including the PKK, issued a statement on July 11 declaring the truce with the Turkish government has ended and threatened the country with further attacks.

Turkish F-16 fighter jets began to hit positions used by ISIS while also hitting PKK positions on Thursday night.

In the first aerial operation, Turkish jets fired guided missiles from Turkish airspace at ISIS targets on Syrian soil without violating Syrian airspace.

Early on Friday another operation targeted PKK camps, shelters, caves and logistics points in Zap, Metina, Gara, Avasin-Basyan, Sinath Haftanin, Hakurk and Qandil which are located in the mountainous region of northern Iraq.

Co-chair of the HDP, Figen Yuksekdag, said on July 19 that her party relies on the pro-Kurdish armed movement active in Syria, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), and its armed wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which are considered by Turkey to be the Syrian affiliates of the PKK.

“They say our party - the HDP - relies on a terror organisation. I will explain to those who don’t understand. We rely on those who are fighting against ISIS in Kobane and Rojava. We rely on the YPG and PYD and we see no harm in saying that,” she said.


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