A confused Demirtaş

April 11, 2012, Wednesday/ 17:03:00

I have carefully read Taraf’s interview by Neşe Düzel with Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) leader Selahattin Demirtaş. He basically says his party does not have the authority to make the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) lay down its arms, but it suggests being a negotiator between the PKK and the government.

As for the issues the BDP is willing to negotiate with the government, they are the political and social demands of Kurds from the government such as education in the Kurdish language and a change in the definition of citizenship. This is a wise move by Demirtaş in terms of differentiating negotiations on Kurds’ demands and negotiations on terrorism. But still there are two contradictions. Firstly, when we look at the BDP’s past, we see that when the government previously called on the BDP to discuss the Kurdish issue, the BDP just pointed to İmralı (an island where the PKK leader is being kept). Secondly, in the same interview Demirtaş says that before beginning negotiations, the government has to release the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) suspects first. What does releasing KCK suspects have to do with the Kurdish issue?