640 NGOs accuse gov’t of taking country to gruesome days of 1990s

Representatives from 640 nongovernmental organizations in the countryand’s east and southeast who came together in Diyarbakir on Sunday have voiced concerns that the interim Justice and Development Party (AK Party) governmentand’s policies are taking the country back to the gruesome days of the 1990s.
Delivering a press statement in Sandumerpark in the Yeniiehir district of Diyarbakir, the NGO representatives said they are concerned about the recent resumption of clashes between Turkish security forces and the terrorist Kurdistan Workersand’ Party (PKK).
Turkey has seen an escalation of PKK violence recently, prompting the Turkish military to launch an operation against PKK targets in northern Iraq after a more than two-year-long cease-fire that was announced as part of a government-backed settlement process with the PKK launched in late 2012.
The NGO representatives said remarks by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan saying that he does not accept the blueprint for a resolution of Turkeyand’s decades-old Kurdish issue, known as the and”Dolmabahandce consensus,and” and the isolation suffered by jailed PKK leader Abdullah andOcalan have brought an official end to the settlement process.
The Dolmabahandce consensus refers to planned measures that were part of a declaration read out by Peoplesand’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Sirri Sandureyya andOnder after talks with Deputy Prime Minister Yalandcin AkDogan and then-Interior Minister Efkan Ala at Istanbuland’s Ottoman-era Dolmabahandce Palace on Feb. 28, 2014.
Erdogan, who is said to have had full information about the details of the meeting, later directed surprise criticism at the meeting, putting the planned measures on hold.
The NGO representativesand’ statement said the result of the June 7 general election should be examined, adding that a snap vote that will be held will have negative consequences on the stability and peace of the country.
and”We are concerned that the governmentand’s insistence on mistaken policies will take the country to the gruesome days of the 1990s,and” said the NGOs, noting that both the Turkish military and the PKK should end clashes immediately to prevent further loss of life.
During the 1990s, Turkey saw many unsolved murders and increased acts of violence in the country, leading to the deaths of thousands of people.