07 September 2012, Friday

Demirtaş: PM should agree to road map to peace

Demirtaş and Kışanak strongly criticized PM Erdoğan’s statements in which he accused BDP members of terrorism hinting that BDP deputies should therefore be deprived of their parliamentary immunity.

Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Gültan Kışanak held a press conference at BDP Diyarbakır office on Thursday concerning the most recent developments in Turkey.

Demirtaş and Kışanak strongly criticized PM Erdoğan's statements in which he accused BDP members of terrorism hinting that BDP deputies should therefore be deprived of their parliamentary immunity.

The first speech at the conference was held by Demirtaş who underlined that neither threats nor insults by the Prime Minister will help bringing peace or finding a solution to the Kurdish question.

Demirtaş called attention to the road map BDP had presented to stop the conflict environment and bloodshed in the country and continued saying that the Prime Minister refused to agree on the road map for the Kurdish problem and that he is therefore the one responsible for the ongoing conflicts.

Provoking Kurds and deterring them from the idea of democratic autonomy has given an international role to the Prime Minister, he underlined and noted that Erdoğan cannot impose the concept of terrorism on the Kurdish people.

Speaking after Demirtaş, co-chair Gültan Kışanak also pointed to Prime Minister's insulting statements which targeted the Kurdish deputies in relation to their conversations with Kurdish guerrillas whom they encountered during a road control on Şemdinli way in mid-August.

"In Şemdinli, it wasn't an enemy I hugged, it was a person who took to the mountain at the risk of his life. They - she said referring to guerrillas - aren't enemies to me. The death of 30 million Kurdish youngsters indicates a moral problem and it is the duty of every person to bring them back from the mountain and to include them in the social life", Kışanak said in response to Erdoğan.

Kışanak, reminding the 12 September 1980 military coup times when she was forced to say she was "Turkish", and the present time when the PM defines the Kurdish problem as a terror problem, added that; "I will neither say I am Turkish nor bend to threats as we are moving on this way to pay a price. Nobody should think we will take any steps backward."

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