Kurdish separatism in Turkey

Turkey is paying a high price for Erdo?an's ambitions

Turkey has entered a tailspin. The longer the current bloody standoff between the security forces and the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) continues, the harder it is going to be to get back to any semblance of peace and normality. Government officials insist they are not against the Kurds and that their only concern is to combat PKK terrorism.

We want peace now, says HDP co-chair Demirta?

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.? 

'We won't let you become president' campaign was created to stop Turkey's rise: Erdo?an

President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has blamed the Peoples? Democratic Party (HDP), which he said was being controlled by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK), for attempting to hamper Turkey?s growth with its stance targeting his aspirations for an unencumbered presidential system.

No news from seven customs officials for almost two days in Turkey's southeast

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. 

Peace process 'only choice' for an end to Kurdish problem, PKK leader says

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.

AKP no longer credible on Kurdish peace process: HDP committee

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). 

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