Gov’t, HDP prepare joint text for Kurdish peace

HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş greets supporters in the eastern province of Bingöl. Demirtaş has confirmed that a joint statement on the subsequent steps in the peace process could soon be released. DHA Photo.14/02/2015 (Hurriyet – Turkey): The most critical stage in hectic talks between the government and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) on the resolution process, which has recently gained visible momentum, has arrived. At meetings held on two consecutive days earlier this week, Deputy PM Yalçın Akdoğan and the HDP delegation, composed of Deputy Parliamentary Group Chair Pervin Buldan and Istanbul deputy Sırrı Süreyya Önder, drafted a “joint statement” which was put forward as a condition by the jailed leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party(PKK), Abdullah Öcalan, for the announcement of a “reinforced cease-fire.” In order not to encounter any problem from the PKK side, the HDP sent the text to the PKKheadquarters in Iraq. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who cut his trip to Latin America a day earlier than planned, also wanted to see the text before it was announced, sources said.Erdoğan, who is known to have been following the developments in resolution process closely after taking office as president in August following his 12-year prime ministry, has been keeping his eyes on the hectic traffic among the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the HDP, sources said…




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