TODAY’S – TuSIAD: Settlement process has become a disappointment

TuSIAD: Settlement process has become a disappointment Turkish Industrialists and Businessmenand#39s Association (TuSIAD) President Haluk Diner said the governmentand#39s settlement process with the outlawed Kurdistan Workersand#39 Party (PKK) has become a disappointment, while speaking to journalists in Ankara on Thursday.andldquoWe have seen that the settlement process has not reached a healthy level,andrdquo said Diner, adding that the process was not being administered effectively.

andldquoIt has become clear that the primary opposition party [the Republican Peopleand#39s Party (CHP)] needed to play a role within the settlement process. We had said that a ruling party with 50 percent of the vote will not be able to solve this problem,andrdquo Diner said.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) initiated a peace process with the PKK in 2013. It was viewed as a successful step, as the PKK declared a cease-fire and violent clashes between the PKK and Turkish military forces came to a halt.

However, the process seems to be in jeopardy after riots broke out in the eastern and southeastern regions of the country, resulting in more than 40 deaths. Many of the deaths occurred during skirmishes between pro-PKK groups and pro-Islamist factions.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman

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