04 May 2015
ANF - Frankfurt
Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) MP Pervin Buldan spoke at the congress of the Democratic Kurdish Community Centre in Frankfurt and called for continuing campaigning for the general elections on 7 June. Buldan said she had last seen Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan on 5 April, and that thanks to Turkish President Erdoğan's recent comments the 'resolution process' to the Kurdish question had now stalled.
The congress, attended by hundreds of people, began with a minute’s silence for those who lost their lives in the struggle for freedom.
'The government is concerned at the rise of the HDP'
HDP parliamentary candidate and member of the İmralı delegation, Pervin Buldan, told the people at the congress: “I bring greetings from Mr Öcalan."
Buldan said the election campaign was continuing in a lively manner, adding that the AKP government was concerned at the rise of the HDP, and was consequently resorting to provocations and smears.
‘The process has come to a halt’
Buldan said of the resolution process, "The 'table' has lost its authority after the President said: ‘There is no Kurdish question and no resolution process’, which was supported by members of the government. The process has therefore come to a halt.”
Buldan said she had last seen Abdullah Öcalan on 5 April, adding that since then communications had been severed. “For us what Mr Öcalan says is important, not what Erdoğan says,” she added.
Buldan called for support at the general elections in Turkey on 7 June, saying that if everyone worked hard they could exceed the 10% threshold.
The Democratic Kurdish Community Centres Germany (NAV-DEM) representative said that if the assemblies set up in Rojava and North Kurdistan were effective, such assemblies should also be established in Europe.