While Turkey holds its breath awaiting progress in the Kurdish peace process aimed at ending the decades-old conflict, it is facing a major obstacle this week that could seriously damage the entire initiative that has survived through thick and thin so far.
The government must ‘take a step’
The peace process seems to be stalled as the government insists that the PKK must do more to move forward.Mahir Zeynalov
The ‘settlement process’, as the Turkish government prefers to call it, began in October last year with secret talks between Öcalan and the intelligence agency. The first stage of the process was kick-started when members of the PKK began to withdraw from Turkish territories into Iraq in early May.
A ‘sensitive and vulnerable’ process
The fate of the peace process hinges on the government’s next steps. Any negative development will derail the process and end Turkey’s most important peace project.Mahir Zeynalov
Karayilan reiterated that this week is significant for progress towards peace and it is worth quoting him at length: “Prisons are filled with Kurdish politicians. This is putting a strain on the process. Everyone should understand well that the week ahead is very important. If the attitude of the Turkish government continues in this line, the process will be blocked. It isn't completely blocked at the moment, but it is getting there. We are waiting to see steps in a short period of time that will convince us, and if these steps are not taken and the process is blocked, the responsibility will be on them.”SHOW MORE