ORHAN KEMAL – Are we coming to the end of the peace process?

Are we coming to the end of the peace process?In 1993, when then-President Turgut zal was talking about peace and ending the conflict with the Kurdistan Workersand#39 Party (PKK), Iemdin SakIk, one of the commanders of the PKK, together with his armed militants, killed 33 conscripted soldiers who were traveling in plain clothes on a bus. They stopped the bus, got all these soldiers out and killed them all.

The purpose of the massacre was clear: SakIk was acting on behalf of some circles that wanted to put a definite end to any hope for peace in this country.After all these years and after a two-year cease-fire, we are in a similar position.

While peshmerga from Iraqi Kurdistan were traveling through Turkey en route to Kobane, met with cheerful crowds on every corner they passed, two masked men killed a noncommissioned officer (astsubay) in DiyarbakIr Nejdet AydoIdu (25) was in a local market in plain clothes and shopping with his pregnant wife. Masked men approached AydoIdu and shot him in the neck in front of his wife.

He was heavily wounded and later died in the hospital he was taken to. Just a few days before this bloody murder, three soldiers were killed in similar circumstances in Yuksekova They were approached by masked men and killed after being shot from behind.

And before them, the chief of the Bitlis Police Department and his colleagues were attacked three officers were killed and the chief himself wounded critically.It is obvious that some circles once again wish to put a definite end to the peace process and bring Turkey back to a full-scale armed conflict.

The pro-Kurdish Peoplesand#39 Democratic Party (HDP) has condemned the attacks. The PKK denied involvement in the Yuksekova attack but has not said anything yet about the Diyarbakir assassination.

When it said it had nothing to do with the Yuksekova assassination, the PKK did not use clear language. It said it did not give such an order and that it is conducting an inquiry into the event.

Some Kurdish politicians made comments about these attacks, saying they may have been carried out by either andldquodeep state elementsandrdquo or some andldquoautonomous structuresandrdquo within the PKK. We used to witness references in the past to these andldquouncontrollable autonomous PKK structuresandrdquo before.

SakIk and his unit, who killed the 33 privates in plain clothes, were one of these andldquoautonomous structures,andrdquo for example.Whether these murderers are employed by the so-called andldquodeep stateandrdquo or the PKK, they seemed very much determined to put an end to the peace process, and I guess they will continue their bloody murders.

From now on then, the easiest thing is to slip into the well-known vicious cycle of violence.It is very unfortunate that the government could not use these last two yearsand#39 cease-fire in a very fruitful manner It could not change the Constitution and it could not bring about radical reforms concerning the recognition of the rights of the Kurds.

However, nothing can justify these barbaric murders of soldiers in plain clothes and in the company of their wives.The Kurdish political movement should do much more than simply condemn AydoIduand#39s murder It should issue a condemnation of all violence.

It should show every individual or andldquoautonomousandrdquo structure that their violence will be met with strong disapproval.The Turkish government should make every effort to catch and bring to justice those responsible for these assassinations.

And it should definitely make a distinction between recognizing the Kurdsand#39 long-denied rights and dealing with the violence.Turkey should not fall into this trap set by these bloody murderers.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman

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