Saturday, October 24, 2009

Turkish human rights group supports talks with PKK

By Mariwan Faydullah Salihi

Erbil - A Turkish human rights group has showed support for negotiations with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to promote the peace process in the country, says the head of the human rights organization.

“The Turkish government has to hold talks with PKK, either indirectly through mediators, or directly though holding talks with the PKK, in addition to passing a law which defines the condition of the PKK members after returning to Turkey,” tells Ozturk Turkdogan, the head of the Turkish Human Rights Association (IHD).

“The passage of a so-called social peace law which defines the condition of return, is also necessary, which requires the abolition of all the penal codes,” adds Turkdogan.

He criticized the stance of the secretary of the Republican People’s Party, Deniz Baykal, noting that running away from solution is running away from democracy.

“I believe that social democrat adherents of his party will not keep silent about Deniz Baykal’s dictatorial manners,” concludes Turkdogan

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