Demir­tas: Kurds be­gin up­ris­ing, if Turkey do not take steps

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The peace process on the Kur­dish is­sue is ap­proach­ing a crit­i­cal point in next two weeks and the process risks be­ing a missed op­por­tu­nity for sides, Peace and Democ­racy Party (BDP) co-chair­man Se­la­hat­tin Demir­tas told a group of jour­nal­ists re­cently.

The peace process on the Kur­dish is­sue is ap­proach­ing a crit­i­cal point in next two weeks and the process risks be­ing a missed op­por­tu­nity for sides, Peace and Democ­racy Party (BDP) co-chair­man Se­la­hat­tin Demir­tas told a group of jour­nal­ists re­cently.

The next 15 days are crit­i­cal for the fu­ture of the peace process the rul­ing Jus­tice and De­vel­op­ment Party (AKP) govern­ment be­gan by start­ing meet­ings with Ab­dul­lah Ocalan, the Kur­dis­tan Work­ers’ Party (PKK) leader im­pris­oned for life.

One of the two crit­i­cal dates set dur­ing the meet­ings of Ocalan and the Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Or­ga­ni­za­tion (MİT) is Sept. 1.

A frame­work on a so­lu­tion agreed upon in the meet­ings of the in­tel­li­gence del­e­ga­tion and Ocalan should be re­vealed by Sept. 1 at the lat­est, ac­cord­ing to the Kur­dish side.

The sec­ond crit­i­cal date is Oct. 15, which is seen as the dead­line for reach­ing cer­tain agreed con­crete goals. Ocalan has a red line about this date. He takes Oct. 15 as the lat­est time for a le­gal reg­u­la­tion about the with­drawal of the PKK mil­i­tants to be made. “If no law is en­forced, one [mil­i­tant] will not re­turn,” said Demir­tas, adding that rapid steps should be taken in the up­com­ing weeks in this re­gard as the lo­cal and pres­i­den­tial elec­tions might change the agenda af­ter the fall.

“Ocalan is se­ri­ously con­cerned about the pos­si­bil­ity that this ini­tia- tive might fall” and even told the BDP group who met with him not to “dwell on the de­tails or ex­ag­ger­ate prob­lems, such an op­por­tu­nity might not come again,” Demir­tas added.

“Re­gional de­vel­op­ments might not al­low such a process again,” Ocalan be­lieves, ac­cord­ing to Demir­tas.

Another rea­son is that Ocalan has con­cerns about his health and wants to “solve this is­sue while he is still alive,” said Demir­tas, adding that Ocalan did not state it openly but this was his im­pres­sion from the meet­ings with him.

Mean­while, Prime Min­is­ter Re­cep Tayyip Er­doğan said work on a de­moc­ra­ti­za­tion pack­age was on­go­ing and sig­naled that Par­lia­ment might be opened ear­lier than its sched­uled date for this in a speech Aug. 8.

How­ever, this pack­age might be far from meet­ing the ex­pec­ta­tions of Kandil and Ocalan. But it might also bring im­prove­ments Kur­dish peo­ple might not re­ject and might ac­cept de­spite in­suf­fi­cien­cies. The Kur­dish move­ment is not likely to cut all ties with the on­go­ing process de­spite such a re­sult com­ing from the pack­age. Demir­tas said they would work to avoid a re­turn to arms de­spite all the neg­a­tive pos­si­bil­i­ties. Mean­while, Ocalan will prob­a­bly with­draw from meet­ings and say “the state can meet with Kandil” in­stead, if no progress is reached by Oct. 15, Demir­tas said.

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