ALI – Draft plan for settlement

Draft plan for settlementWith the drying up of many vital sources of hope — such as the civilian constitution, the EU, a state of law and social justice — promises of which brought the Justice and Development Party (AKP) to power, most members of the AKPand#39s inner circle have stopped defending themFor a majority of the population, the only project that still deserves the label andldquowellspring of hopeandrdquo is the settlement process. The masses do not want any more bloodshed.

Both the AKP and the Kurdistan Workersand#39 Party (PKK) are aware of this and have brought the settlement process to the forefront of their agendas — or so it would appear The responsible stance of the opposition parties, the Republican Peopleand#39s Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), have made this process easier and more open. During a recent visit to Ankara, I heard two different opinions on this front.

The first was that despite internal opposition, influential circles in the AKP are sincere in their quest for a solution. Hopefully, history will prove the politicians who believe in this solution right.

The second opinion I heard in Ankara was more negative the AKP only aims to maintain the status quo until the election, with no real desire to move the process forward.There are two reasons to take this pessimistic faction seriously.

It asserts that until the destruction left behind by the Constitution established after the Sept. 12 coup is overcome, and without important projects such as a new civilian constitution and the creation of a pluralistic society, there can be no solution to the Kurdish problem They add that the AKP is not concerned about a new constitution, a reduction in the 10 percent election threshold or implementing Kurdish mother tongue education it is preoccupied solely with security bills that signify a return to the authoritarianism of the 1990s.

Moreover, this faction argues that the AKP is using projects like the new constitution and EU accession as wellsprings of hope for the public, as campaign material for elections. They claim that the stance adopted by the AKP is one aimed at transforming hope about the settlement process into votes for the party.

The debates over a draft plan for settlement between the government and the Kurds would seem to confirm this pessimistic view.Pro-Kurdish Peoplesand#39 Democratic Party (HDP) Istanbul deputy SIrrI Sureyya nder was the first person to use the phrase andldquodraft planandrdquo when referring to the Kurdish problem in detail.

Following a trip to Imrali Island,where PKK leader Abdullah calan is jailed, nderand#39s delegation shared with the public calanand#39s targets and roadmap for a peaceful settlement process. nder revealed a very detailed draft plan for the settlement process, down to the number of pages, chapters and how many clauses constituted each chapter From the details it is quite clear that a typical calan proposal is on the table.

Obviously the term andldquodraft planandrdquo implies an unfinished piece of work, one that is open to debate and subject to change. nder argues that the opposing side (the state, the National Intelligence Organization [MIT], etc.

) accepts the draft plan as a potential framework for the negotiation. This is an encouraging stance, despite the fact that the word andldquoframeworkandrdquo is certainly less resolute than the phrase andldquodraft plan.

andrdquo Murat Yetkin wrote for the Radikal daily that andldquothe draft plan was a product of long meetings organized by the MIT,andrdquo pointing to the sources of the bill. Despite this, it appears that the government feels it has lost control of the settlement process, which might explain its aggressive outbursts akin to andldquowe wonand#39t allow basic concessions.

andrdquo Abdulkadir Selvi, who is known for his close ties to the government, discusses the solution process in his column in Yeni Iafak:andldquoI would like to strongly underscore the following: It is the governmentand#39s draft plan that is currently being worked on. calan also has his own version of a draft plan that has also been worked on.

What has emerged now is a draft plan for a solution process. Statements indicating that calanand#39s draft plan will be adopted are not valid — they do not help the solution process.

What is actually being negotiated is the draft plan that Deputy Prime Minister YalIn AkdoIan gave the HDP delegation. Itand#39s useful to frame these sorts of debates in the correct manner My last word on this topic is: We did not arrive at this peace process easily.

Itand#39s only been after much bloodshed that we have reached where we are. This is why I want to reiterate that we will not allow basic concessions to be made.

andrdquoThe above lines reflect the reality that the solution process is nothing more than an illusion of hope. If the parties were sincere, mutual respect and trust would be maintained and there would be no space for petty games.

In the end, if a solution process is achieved, the AKP and PKK will have to explain it fully to their respective supporters. You cannot call a project that fails to please society a andldquosolution.

andrdquo Current debates over the draft plan are reminiscent of arguments over the name of an unborn child. It is an undeniable reality that calan and the PKK are at the helm of the debate and are the sole voices for the Kurdish people.

Had the AKP brought about democracy, a civil constitution and Kurdish language education in due time, the andldquosolutionandrdquo would have been a natural result of the AKPand#39s policies. Now, even if the AKP claims to be holding the reins, they cannot change the perception that the solution process lies in the hands of the PKK.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman