Deputy PM: HDP can only ’make a movie’ of Kurdish settlement process

Turkeyand’s Deputy Prime Minister Yalandcin AkDogan suggested on Monday that the fate of the countryand’s fragile peace process with its Kurds might be at risk after the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) lost its parliamentary majority mainly due to the rise of the pro-Kurdish Peoplesand’ Democratic Party (HDP).
and”The HDP can only make a movie about the settlement process now,and” AkDogan told reporters in Ankara, referring to secret peace talks with the jailed leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workersand’ Party (PKK) since 2012. and”Peace is not achieved by just saying andlsquopeace, peace.and’ Now that they have 13 percent of the votes, let them make a call on [the PKK leadership in] Kandil and ensure the PKK lay down arms.and”
The HDP won about 13 percent of the votes, passing a 10 percent election threshold to enter Parliament in a stunning victory, securing up to 80 seats in the 550-seat governing body. Although it led in the polls with 41 percent of the vote, the AK Party lost its parliamentary majority for the first time since 2002 and is now left with the options of forming a coalition or minority government or calling for a snap election.
In statements before the election, AkDogan, who oversaw the settlement process on behalf of the government, warned that the process would come to an end if the AK Party government loses support in the election. andquotIf the AK Party government is weakened as a result of the HDP passing the election threshold, there will be no settlement process any more. That is, the settlement process will not come out stronger [from it],andquot he said in remarks on May 21.
Speaking after the election win late on Sunday, HDP Co-chairman Selahattin Demirtai said he believed PKK leader Abdullah andOcalan will continue to support efforts for peace.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman