Kurdish separatism in Turkey
Peoples? Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirta? said they wanted peace immediately, adding that guns should be silenced and ceasefire should be reached.
?Hands should be removed from the trigger. Not tomorrow, not next week, we want peace today, at this hour,? Demirta? said in Turkey?s southeastern province of Mardin Aug. 12, at an event titled ?Arabs discuss peace.?
Seven customs officials have not been heard from since early Aug. 10 in the southeastern Turkish province of Hakkari.
The officials, who had been temporarily appointed to the recently opened Üzümlü Border Gate with Iraq, in Hakkari?s Çukurca district, have not been contacted since traveling to the area.
A senior leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) said peace negotiations were the ?only choice? for an end to the Kurdish problem, in an interview on Aug. 11.
The PKK would stop fighting if Turkey ended its military operation and called for international monitors to oversee a ceasefire, Cemil Bay?k said in an interview with the BBC.
The ?mral? committee, formed by members of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) to mediate the Kurdish peace talks, says the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has lost its credibility on the Kurdish peace process and no longer gives the committee permission to meet with Abdullah Öcalan, the imprisoned leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
According to a report presented to the National Security Council (MGK), the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has stockpiled 80,000 arms in the east and southeast, hiding behind the argument that it was "retreating due to the peace process."