Six members of monitoring committee for reconciliation process named
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULMar 19, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Mar 19, 2015 12:00 am
Following the PKK's imprisoned leader Abdullah Öcalan's call on the organization to lay down its arms in late February, several figures have been reportedly added to the monitoring committee. The government aims to create the committee in order to monitor meetings and statements by parties involved in the reconciliation process between Ankara and the Kurds.
Six members from the Wisemen Committee, including actor Kadir İnanır, academic Deniz Ülke Arıboğan, journalist Ahmet Taşgetiren, columnist Hilal Kaplan, president of the Human Rights Association Öztürk Türkdoğan and journalist Avni Özgürel will be on the monitoring team that is expected to head to İmralı Island where Öcalan is imprisoned in order to hold talks with him. The final decision over who will be included in the monitoring team will be given by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu.
Meanwhile, it was reported that the message expected to be given by Abdullah Öcalan on March 21 would be a written one. This puts an end to allegations on how Öcalan would convey his disarmament message as many have claimed that it would be done through a video recording. The written message will be read in Kurdish by Peoples' Democratic Party's (HDP) Group Deputy Chariwoman Pervin Buldan and by HDP Istanbul Deputy Sırrı Süreyya Önder. The message will reportedly consist of two pages and was brought by the HDP's İmralı Committee on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Deputy Prime Minister Yalçın Akdoğan hinted at the forming of a monitoring committee ahead of the anticipated permanent disarmament announcement by the PKK. Akdoğan said that the government would create a five- to six-member team to monitor meetings and statements by parties involved during what is shaping up to be a critical moment in the nearly two-year-old process.
He added that the decision regarding the monitoring group lies with the prime minister, who he indicated could make a statement next week. Akdoğan called for a "language emphasizing commonalities" ahead of a key milestone in the Kurdish reconciliation process.
"Rather than scratching points of difference, a language that emphasizes commonalities needs to be used. The question of how we will build a future together - that's what needs to be stressed," he said.
Akdoğan's remarks came as the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş sought to play down an expected announcement from Öcalan. Demirtaş had said earlier this week that the March 21 statement by Öcalan would not call for the disarming of the PKK, and instead would be an "enhanced statement of intentions."
The reconciliation process that aims to end the decades-long conflict with the PKK in eastern Turkey is in the home stretch, following the PKK's imprisoned leader Abdullah Öcalan's call on the PKK to lay down its arms. Launched with ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) initiatives, the reconciliation process seeks to put a stop the bloodshed in eastern and southeastern Turkey and boost investments in the region. The PKK took up arms against the Turkish state in 1984 to create a separate Kurdish state in southeastern Turkey. Thousands of people lost their lives in clashes between the state and the terrorist organization.