Five Kurdish lawmakers took oath on Tuesday in the Turkish parliament following release.
The Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Mardin Deputy Gulser Yildirim, BDP Sirnak deputies Selma Irmak and Faysal Sariyildiz, BDP Sanliurfa Deputy Ibrahim Ayhan, and independent deputy from Van Kemal Aktas took an oath following release from prison.
The deputies who were detained on charges linking them to the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) were elected as lawmakers in the June 2011 elections.
"There are scores of elected lawmakers in jail; the real peace process will begin only after their release", BDP deputy Yildirim said.
It was stated that BDP Group Deputy Chairman Pervin Buldan and Idris Baluken visited the Interior Minister Efkan Ala and Group Deputy Chairman of the newly-formed Kurdish leftist People's Democratic Party (HDP), Sirri Sureyya Onder. They will also be visiting the PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, jailed in Imrali.
The PKK, considered a terrorist group by Turkey and majority of the international community, including the United States and the European Union, has been involved in a separatist struggle with Turkey since the early 1980s.
Turkey blames the group for the deaths of thousands of people.
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