HDP seeks strong restart for peace process

The Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) has voiced its desire to see a restart of the long-stalled peace process amid concerns after the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) threatened to attack dam construction sites in the country's mainly Kurdish southeast due to cease-fire violations by Ankara.

"We have also been following the statements that have been delivered," HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirta? said on July 13 when asked whether a July 11 statement by the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), a supra organization of Kurdish groups that includes the PKK, appeared to signal an end to a cease-fire between Turkey's security forces and the PKK.

"We have always believed that the resolution process should get started as soon as possible, not from the point at which it was halted, but from a more advanced point, and finalized," Demirta? said, underlining that they had not delivered rigid statements dismissing the existence of a resolution process, as President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an did ahead of the June 7 election.

"We are not the ones who say, 'There is no process, there are no parties and there is no table.' The person who said this is this country's president," he told reporters in Ankara.

The HDP has been accusing Erdo?an of bringing the process, which had sought to end the three-decade-long conflict in the country, to a halt with repeated remarks in which he said, "There is neither a table nor parties." 

"The state will not be part of these sorts of negotiations. There is no Kurdish conflict," Erdo?an said.

The KCK statement in question said Turkey's construction of military outposts, dams and roads for military purposes had violated the cease-fire.

According to Demirta?, it was not a declaration ending the...

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