HDP submits bill offering 'Negotiation for Building of Social Peace'

HDP Group Deputy Chairs Pervin Buldan and İdris Baluken have submitted to parliament a draft law offering 'Negotiation for Building of Social Peace'.

HDP (Peoples' Democratic Party) Group Deputy Chairs Pervin Buldan and İdris Baluken have submitted to parliament a draft law offering 'Negotiation for Building of Social Peace'.

The draft law put emphasis on the need for a peace process in order for the ending of violence and war, and recommencement of negotiations through mediators.

Citing the cases of Northern Ireland and South Africa, and negotiations for a solution to the armed conflict, HDP underlined that; "The issue of disarmament was highlighted as a precondition by governments in talks conducted in other parts of the world witnessing an armed conflict, yet it didn't constitute an obstacle to the beginning of negotiations, and it was put into practice by concerned sides once they were provided with sufficient assurance during talks. On the other hand, conditions were precisely improved and talks were grounded on the principles of equality and justice."

The bill presented by HDP also emphasized that the process of solution for the Kurdish question, which was going on in Turkey since 2013, remained open to arbitrary impositions because the required legal ground wasn't provided and conditions of Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan weren't brought in compliance with conditions of negotiations, and thus failed to advance into a process of profound negotiations.

Pointing out that the conflict of the past 30 years was getting deeper and deeper, HDP recalled that over 40,000 people have lost their lives, who included soldiers, police, PKK members and civilians, in 43,505 confrontations between PKK and state forces since 1984. Furthermore -the draft law said- 3,248 villages and hamlets were evacuated and some 4 million people were displaced as a result of the conflict during this period. HDP noted that attempts for the evacuation of villages continued today under the name of 'military security zone'.

The bill also stated that AKP has long resorted to anti-democratic practices to which Kurds, however, didn't bow under any circumstances.

Pointing to Kurdish people's leader Abdullah Öcalan's role as the chief negotiator, the bill said creating conditions for the recognition and treatment of Öcalan as the chief negotiator, and hindering the deepening of the conflict was vital for the future of the society.

The draft law added that the Turkish Republic was the other chief negotiator of the process in consideration of the fact that social peace concerned the whole society and couldn't be left to the political interests of the ruling power.