Why is there no return to the reconciliation process? - ÖZLEM ALBAYRAK

Why is there no return to the reconciliation process?

It seems as though there is no disagreement at the top of the state on not resuming the reconciliation process. Yet, there still is a group that thinks "What has fighting for 30 years given us? The reconciliation process should resume." This group is divided into two groups within itself also: the first is those who were against the reconciliation process when it was in progress, but remembered peace after the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) picked up their after June 24 - this group will not even be mentioned any further.

And then there are those that think Turkey strengthened its hand in this issue by covering the ditches dug by the PKK and received the support of the people. Those who think the reconciliation process should start again because we cannot afford to lose another soldier or police officer - they are absolutely right in this sense.

However, returning to the reconciliation process may lead to a bigger wave of deaths instead of preventing them.

That is to say that Turkey's aim in implementing the reconciliation process is to create an environment without conflict and prevent our security forces from being martyred. But another aim in the process is to eliminate the conditions that have created the PKK, to handover the limited rights the Kurdish people had, to make Kurds and Turks equal before the law, economy and social environment and to ensure that Kurdish citizens were won over once again.

When we take a look at indicators like the sympathy the police have received after clearing the city of ditches, and the lack of interest in the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), we see that this has been achieved to an extent.

But at the same time, we saw that the aim of the organization which supposedly sat at the negotiation table to mend the fragility of Kurds was totally different. The Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing People's Protection Units (YPG), which established a political organization on our border, received the support of Kobani and then the US, and then started to support Syrian leader Bashar Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin, which probably encouraged the PKK. Obviously the PKK was not only after foreign support, but instead gunned for Turkey's weak moment, which started with the Gezi incidents and then continued upon the government not being able to form a single party government after the June 7 elections.

Thus for this reason the reconciliation process was put in the freezer.

It was understood that the PKK did not just bear arms and start terrorizing because of the details of the process... Because, it was revealed that they drew maps of a Kurdistan that started beyond our borders but expanded into Turkey while they were shouting, "Our rights, democratization, our language and culture." It was revealed that those who accused the state of not taking any steps were also those who tried to turn the southeast of Turkey into Kobani.

Yes, you cannot expect terrorist organizations to organize themselves around certain principles like states would. But if you say you want to make peace yet gun for a weak moment; if you say "the rights of the Kurds" but try to establish a Kurdistan in the southeast of Turkey without even asking the Kurds, then someone will just wake you up from that dream.

This is what recently happened to the PKK.

The reconciliation process was necessary. Hence, if we come across Kurdish citizens who took refuge in the police while they were trying to clear Sur of ditches, and called 155 warning them that the PKK had prepared an ambush, then this means the reconciliation process was indeed effective.

But, the state cannot once again sit at the negotiation table with the PKK, which has tried to heighten the conflict and chaos in the region; with the HDP which isn't armed but supports all of the PKK's actions; with the talented HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş, who tried to inflict all the bombings the PKK did onto the state, or with the PKK's imprisoned leader Abdullah Öcalan, who made an agreement in a letter with the Assad regime in 2011.

The possibility of a new reconciliation process may only be discussed when the PYD and YPG's position becomes clear, when this structure's relationship with superpowers like the US and Russia is dampened, and after Syria, the Middle East's map falls into place.

Otherwise, it is almost certain that this will create a base for days of destruction.


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