Let start with an outline of the “reconciliation process…”
The reconciliation process started on March 21, 2013, which is the start of spring (Nevruz). This process was ended for good when two police officers were martyred in Suruç in July 2015.
Solving the Kurdish issue, or the issues of Kurds, started with the foundation of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in 2001. With the ripening of conditions, then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said, “The Kurdish issue is my issue” in a speech in Diyarbakir in 2005, thus opening the doors of a new period.
2009 was a milestone in solving the Kurdish issue. The process was named the “National Unity and Solidarity Process” by Erdoğan during his historic speech at the AK Party group meeting in August of that year.
Different winds had started to blow in the east and southeast of Turkey by 2009. Never before seen investments were made in the education, health, justice, security and transportation fields of this region.
2009 became the year in which denial, rejection and assimilation policies were totally brought to an end. Constraints on concepts, fear of words, bans on languages were removed. Never before discussed issues were discussed and never before mentioned topics were now on the agenda.
As the Kurdish issue was not denied anymore, the Kurdish issue was now named the issues of the Kurds. Different groups had problems in Turkey, Kurds had problems too; the intention and effort to solve these issues as a whole was shown by the government.
Also known as the “democratic initiative,” this process needed to evolve into a new dimension in 2013. The change in the view of the state towards Kurds and laying down arms should have ended with politics dominating the process as a solution mechanism.
All the exploitation tools of the terror organization were substantially abolished. Historic steps (silent revolutions) were taken to end the backwardness of the east and southeast and to deliver their democratic and cultural rights. Turkey had no other choice but to solve the issue with consultation, as arms were laid down and problems were discussed.
The reconciliation process was put forward in 2013 as the last stage. The terrorist organization was to withdraw all its armed militants, lay down its arms and eliminate itself.
However, just after March 21 the Gezi incidents started. The Gezi incidents were an attack on all of Turkey's gains including the reconciliation process, and it was successful.
The terror organization did not withdraw its armed militants, nor did it lay down its arms; instead it exploited the process, started to develop a parallel state structure and organize itself underground. The Ağrı incidents after the June elections, and then the martyrdom of two of our officers in Suruç put an end to the reconciliation process.
I should especially remind that the period leading up to the reconciliation process in Nevruz of 2013 continued despite the bloody attacks of the terrorist organization.
Upon the end of the reconciliation process, Turkey went back to the Nevruz of 2013, not 2002.
The PKK once again proved to the world that they would not lay down their arms, would never stop acting as tools for international intelligence agencies, and would never give up trading drugs.
Turkey will continue to decisively tackle terrorism and sincerely solve the issues of Kurds just as it has done since 2002.
The points of contact are Kurdish citizens. The Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), a party under tutelage and threat, will never be the point of contact.
The problems of the Alevis, Sunnis, conservatives and minorities will be solved with sincerity too. However, at the same time the state will battle all armed terrorist organizations.
The reconciliation process has unarguably ended. No one can argue that the state is planning to restart it either.
The process of solving the issues of the Kurds will continue with the Kurds until results are achieved.