World Bulletin / News Desk
The pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) on Tuesday revealed the details of an intra-party investigation into the recent leak of the minutes of a meeting between three BDP deputies and Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan, announcing that the party's press official had been dismissed and two other party members had resigned over the leak.
In a written statement released on Tuesday, the BDP said that the deputies' visit to İmralı Island where Öcalan is being held was discussed during a meeting of the party's council and they had decided not to photocopy the logs of the meeting for security reasons. But during a short recess, two party council members, M. Rauf Kocaman and Resul Baykara, had the minutes photocopied without the party's knowledge, violating the party's decision. Meanwhile, the party's press official, Ali Özgüç, also obtained the logs and allowed journalist Alper Atalay take a photo of the documents, which was later published by the Milliyet daily.
Kocaman and Baykara resigned from the party out of their own will, acknowledging responsibility for the leak, while Özgüç was dismissed by the BDP administration for sharing the documents with the press without the party's knowledge.
Turkish state authorities have been holding peace talks with Öcalan since last October with the aim of achieving a timetable for the disarmament of the militants. Three BDP deputies traveled to İmralı Island on Feb. 23 to meet with the PKK leader as part of the talks. The deputies declined to tell the press what they had talked about during the meeting but said that their visit was a “historic step” for the settlement of Kurdish and terrorism problems in the country.
But a cloud was cast over the peace talks when the minutes of the meeting were published by the Milliyet daily four days after the gathering. BDP Co-chairman Selahattin Demirtaş acknowledged on Saturday that the minutes were obtained through his party, denying that it was the BDP deputies who had leaked the documents.Last Mod: 12 Mart 2013, 16:30