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HDP: First Step to Peace is an End to Öcalan's Isolation

4 April 2016

Kurdish Question

The Peoples’ Democratic Party, HDP has released the final declaration of its one-day Party Assembly meeting on 2 April in Ankara. It was said global and regional developments and the political situation in Turkey were discussed at the meeting.

Together we can stop the war

The declaration emphasised the mounting pressure on freedom of thought and speech in Turkey and suppression of those demanding peace saying, “To remain silent and passive in the face of everything that is happening would be to become party to the crimes.” The declaration added that those with conscience would not give up on their struggle and accept the impending darkness and reiterated the HDP’s insistence on struggle saying, “We are once again calling on all political circles, occupational groups, civil society groups and individuals anxious about developments, who want a return to peace, who are aiming for a democratic country, who are against an authoritarian, one-man dictatorial system, a monist society and state mentality to ‘come together to stop the war, to bring about victory together.’

AKP is responsible for war

The HDP also accused the AKP for the war that is raging on in the region and said that the Turkish government’s and President’s enmity towards the Rojava revolution and the joint democratic life and administration being created there had meant they had developed ties with jihadist groups like the Islamic State, Al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham, putting the lives of Syrians and people of Turkey at risk.

First step Öcalan

The declaration also highlighted the HDP’s desire to contribute to a peaceful environment inside and outside the country and underlined how important it was for the isolation of imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan to be lifted. The declaration read, “For this environment of peace to established and for an end to the current conflict and return to the resolution process an end needs to be put to the isolation of Mr. Öcalan.”

AKP creating ‘Arab belt’

The declaration statement also attended to political developments in the Middle East and said, “The AKP government’s ending of the widely supported resolution process, an obstacle in the way of conflict, and its war policy that has destroyed Kurdish regions like Cizre, Silopi, Sur and now Nusaybin, Şırnak and Yüksekova and killed thousands of people has weakened the desire of a co-existence. This destruction has created financial opportunities for pro-government groups and individuals. Furthermore plans are being made for demographic change, which will lead to serious problems. 50 years ago the Baath Regime in Syria formed the ‘Arab belt’ [by relocating Arabs in Kurdish areas] now the AKP and its building contractors are locating Syrian refugees in areas they are constructing. All along the [Turkey-Syria] border but primarily in Cizre, Silopi, Nusaybin, Ceylanpınar and Viranşehir the government is locating Syrian Arabs that it has given citizenship to.”

The HDP’s declaration also appealed for solidarity with the people of region and asked people to participate in the ‘From Cizre to Sur Solidarity Campaign.’

Recently the HDP had also called for a return to the resolution process.

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