Now, it is the time to claim the struggle for peace

HDPSpotAs of July 24, Turkey has been pushed to an uncertain process. Unfortunately, the AKP government, government agencies and the military have taken steps that end resolution and peace process and de facto ceasefire.

The political detentions involving our party and constituents and gradually spreading to all provinces; heavy bombardments to Kurdistan Federal Region; prohibition of “Great Peace Rally” to be held by Peace Bloc by very simple reasons; inhibitions to various press and communication facilities; police raids to the several civil society organizations, and particularly to Eğitim-Sen, are the first indicators that next days will be distressing for Turkey’s society.

As of July 24, the President and the AKP put into operation the concept of executing country’s governance over security policy through the military and the police. The President and the AKP have prepared this new period by the political and psychological ground they have created for days. They made the society ready for the conflicting environment by launching psychological operations through their own media.

Erdoğan and Davutoğlu’s Middle East policy covering recent years has created very heavy effects on the expectations of peace and democracy in the society. Erdoğan and Davutoğlu’s new policies after July 24 will lead to irreparable damages. This path will certainly destroy the possibilities of resolution and peace and would create serious social costs.

We emphasize once again strongly that Turkey needs peace and resolution. The solution of our social, historical and political problems is possible by improving mutual dialogue, negotiation and democracy. The extension and continuation of violence will never serve to permanent, democratic and egalitarian solution for any aspect of society.

Turkey is at the very important crossroads for its future. Erdoğan and Davutoğlu’s new policies and practices are not likely to reach a “good” conclusion. The future of Turkey’s society cannot be left to the operations of the military to be performed outside of the country and the police to be carried in the country under the coordination of the Intelligence Agency of Turkey.

The environment of violence created by Erdoğan, who has lost majority in the parliament and his dreams of governing Turkey as “one man” until his death being collapsed, has no limits. His aim is to realize the scenario of a re-election, which would give him back his old power. His plan of ruling the power alone until re-election by making a coalition impossible leads catastrophic situations in the country.

The plan is to ensure a single-party government through re-election by creating the impression of “a comprehensive fight against terrorism.” This plan is to burn the country in order to obtain absolute power. To bring the attacks against Kurdish society together with the fight against ISIL cannot be accepted.

Militaristic attacks and bombardments, political detentions and pressures should be stopped immediately. We have not any problems, which cannot solved by talking and negotiation.

We once again make a call to Turkey’s democracy and peace forces and every conscientious, responsible citizen. Today is not the day of keeping silent and waiting. We cannot just watch in concern the approaches of the AKP and the President who lead Turkey step by step towards a huge conflict by their pursued policies. Let’s strengthen together the struggle for peace, resolution, justice, democracy and negotiation. Every passing minute would make it more difficult to take steps.

Peoples’ Democratic Party

Central Executive Committee

July 25, 2015


3 responses to “Now, it is the time to claim the struggle for peace

  1. Pingback: HDP (People’s Democratic Party, Turkey) : Erdoğan and his Party are Dragging Turkey into Civil War. | Tendance Coatesy

  2. Well if I was leading NATO, Turkey would be getting some very forceful advice behind the scenes to quit treating the PKK the same as ISIS and encouragement to seek a cease-fire with the PKK and I’d be making that distinction clear publicly as I have already done.

    Since NATO statements are only agreed unanimously then it is not surprising that Turkey would not agree to the following quoted statement for publication as “the view of NATO” but there is nothing to stop the NATO Secretary General making this statement in a personal leadership capacity, except for the fact that the Secretary General is not me, but someone else.

    “Turkey has been quite wrong to try to paint ISIS and the PKK with the same brush, equally as “terrorists”, when the PKK have legitimate concerns about protecting Kurds from ISIS, although the PKK’s attack on Turkish police officers which broke the cease-fire was ill-advised and it is unsurprising that Turkey would label such attacks as “terrorists” and a unilateral ending of the cease-fire by the PKK. Ending the cease-fire was a bad move by the PKK because cease-fires are much easier to end than they are to resume.

    So Turkey had a cease-fire with the PKK and rightly so but Turkey should never have had a cease-fire with ISIS, if indeed that’s what it had, it was quite wrong to have such a cease fire with ISIS.

    Also, Turkey should be open minded about resuming a cease-fire with the PKK. Admittedly it takes two sides to make a cease-fire stick but at least a cease-fire should be possible with the PKK in the way it should not be possible with ISIS.

    Otherwise, the suspicion will be that the Turkish state is being manipulated by those fascists who are not sincere about fighting ISIS but instead are using ISIS attacks as a pretext, conflating ISIS with anyone Kurdish or Turkish leftist, as a smokescreen for a far wider and undemocratic crackdown.”

    Speaking about or to the Kurds, we would not be doing the Kurds any favours by turning a blind eye to the PKK blunder providing Turkish President Erdogan and the Turkish secret security fascists with the pretext for a crackdown they were likely trying to provoke – the July 22 killing by the PKK of 2 Turkish police officers.

    Whatever the Kurds’ or PKK’s suspicions or personal convictions about Erdogan etc secretly sponsoring ISIS, it is not astute for the PKK to lash out at Turkish officers indiscriminately, because the case “Erdogan-backs-ISIS” has not been proven to NATO, to the US and allies or to the people of Turkey.

    Least of all is that case proven when Turkey most helpfully provides the US with the use of airbases with which to attack ISIS.

    Erdogan has played much too clever a political game and has outwitted the PKK. They have fallen into his trap.

    In future, Kurds should impress upon the PKK the international relations need to act with more political wisdom as prosecutors, proving their case of nefarious machinations of the secret security state of Turkey and its hidden sponsorship of ISIS, while treating with respect those Turks, Americans, Europeans and others whom Erdogan’s secret plots have deceived

    Supreme Allied Condista

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