The Democratic Society Party (DTP) on Sunday responded to a recent call from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to publicly acknowledge the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) as a terrorist organization.
"Nobody should expect us to declare our brothers terrorists. No Kurd would ever say that," said DTP İstanbul deputy Sabahat Tuncel, speaking at a ceremony to mark the opening of a new park named after internationally renowned Turkish author Yaşar Kemal in the southeastern province of Batman.
Tuncel stated that she and 21 of her friends were representing the party in Parliament. "They said to us, 'Declare your sons terrorists and we will see you in a different light.' Nobody should expect this from us. No Kurdish individual would ever accept this. We like to live in this land with our own differences. For the first time Kurds have such a high rate of representation. The government party should make good use of this opportunity."
The DTP deputy expressed her belief that the party had proven from its first day in Parliament that it was cut out for being a main opposition party, something she said was demonstrated in the speeches given by DTP deputies during parliamentary talks on the new government program. "The Kurdish people have this time taken one of their women out of jail and sent her to Parliament," remarked Tuncel, who was arrested on accusations of PKK membership and awaiting trial before being elected to Parliament, adding: "This is important for Turkey's democracy and politics. This is a significant message. What is this message? From my front the message that should be taken is that I should struggle for a democratic and peaceful solution to the Kurdish question and fight for democracy and freedoms." However she said this was a message also sent to the state. "If we are sending a woman being tried in the name of the PKK to Parliament from jail, this means 'solve the problem in Parliament."
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