Demirtas – Statement on the peace and resolution process

HDP Co-President Selahattin Demirtaş spoke to journalists in front of HDP headquarters before the HDP Central Executive Committee meeting on july 13th.

With regards to the KCK statement on the ceasefire, he said that the peace and resolution process is at its most critical stage and stated that the process should restart at a level that is further than the one in which the negotiations stopped. He said the Turkish state should change its stance on Abdullah Öcalan and that the incident in Ardahan’s Göle district did not happen the way it was reported, several findings confirming that soldiers carried out the attack on civilians.

Demirtaş hoped that the holy Kadir night would help bring a positive result to the coalition negotiations, and the society’s demands for peace and sisterhood would be met. Demirtaş said that they would express their thoughts and expectations in the coalition meeting that would include the HDP.

With regards to the KCK statement on the ceasefire, Demirtaş stated that the peace and resolution process was at its most critical stage and the solution process should restart at a level that is further than the one in which the negotiations stopped.

The HDP Co-President noted that the KCK statement did not imply the end of the ceasefire but emphasized the need for making the ceasefire mutual and ending the operations and dam constructions that threaten the ceasefire.

Demirtaş described the incident that transpired in Ardahan’s Göle district yesterday as worrisome and offered his condolences to the families of the deceased civilian. Demirtaş said that the event did not happen the way mainstream media reports it, and there were several findings confirming that soldiers carried out the attack on civilians.

Finally, Demirtaş commented on the recent isolation of Abdullah Öcalan and said that Öcalan has been under isolation not only for the past 3 months but also for the past 17 years. He  called on the Turkish state to change its stance on Abdullah Öcalan and said that Öcalan would contribute significantly to the peace and solution process. Demirtaş noted that the HDP delegation’s visits to the island were inadequate, and the process should continue with the additional visits of committees such as the observers’ committee.

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