The peace and reconciliation process between Turkey and its Kurds is on course, according to the two sides, despite all kinds of provocations, the latest being the bombing of a military patrol in the Nusaybin township of the southeastern Mardin province that left seven soldiers wounded.
The bombing of the military patrol vehicle with a remote-controlled mine in Nusaybin is nothing to be taken lightly. It happened just after Deputy Prime Minister Yalçın Akdoğan met with People's Democracy Party (HDP) deputies Sırrı Süreyya Önder and Pelvin Buldanlı, who are also members of the Kurdish delegation that meets with PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, who is serving a life sentence at the prison island of Imralı.
Önder told journalists, after the talks with Akdoğan, that the negotiations for the peace process would gain momentum and that the "crisis" was over. Similar remarks came from Akdoğan. So it is clear that the two sides have agreed on a practical road map that will lead to advancing the peace process.
However, it is clear that there are still Kurdish elements, as well as some Turkish elements, that are still unhappy with the positive developments and want to sabotage the whole process. They have to realize that this is becoming a mission impossible and that they will not be able to turn the tide. Both the government and the Kurdish side, led by Öcalan, see that the peace and reconciliation process has come to a point of no return simply because it is strongly supported by the Kurds of Turkey and a majority of Turks.
Despite this, it seems there are some elements who want to continue to make a profit out of PKK terrorism while there are also elements in the PKK, like the leadership in the Qandil Mountains, who want to have a say in the way the peace and reconciliation process should progress.
There is not much anyone can do about those who have a vested interest in the continuation of terrorism and violence. However, there is something the sides can do for those who are holed up in the mountains and are a part of the current agitations in southeastern Turkey that are manıfesting themselves as acts of sabotage against the peace process.
It seems both the PKK leadership in the Qandil Mountains in northern Iraq and the Kurdish diaspora living in Europe should be allowed to have better and more sound dialogue with Öcalan if we are to erase the misunderstandings and show these Kurdish elements that they too will benefit once the peace process is completed.
The greatest obstacle here is the fact that Turkey will be heading to the parliamentary polls in the first half of 2015 and time is running out for the government and the pro-Kurdish HDP to concentrate on meaningful steps to culminate the peace process.