Demirtas not among BDP delegation visiting PKK leader

BDP parliamentary group deputy chairman Idris Baluken and parliamentary group deputy chairwoman Pervin Buldan went to visit Ocalan on Imralı

Demirtas not among BDP delegation visiting PKK leader

Pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) co-Chairperson Selahattin Demirtas, who has been a part of almost every BDP visit to the imprisoned leader of the  Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Abdullah Ocalan, was not among the BDP delegation that left to visit Ocalan on Monday.

BDP parliamentary group deputy chairman Idris Baluken and parliamentary group deputy chairwoman Pervin Buldan went to visit Ocalan on Imralı, an island prison in the Sea of Marmara, on Sunday.

After visit to Ocalan last week, his younger brother Mehmet Ocalan told press that the PKK leader was scheduled to make a statement on the settlement process on Oct. 14. Ocalan is expected to reveal his statement through the BDP delegation on Monday.

The visit, which is the 11th since the government launched the settlement process with Ocalan to settle once and for all the country's decades-old terrorism problem and the Kurdish issue, is of critical importance as it comes after the PKK's recent announcement of halting the withdrawal of its militants, which was part of the process. Accusing the Turkish government of slowing down the democratization process, last month the PKK suspended the withdrawal of its fighters.

Furthermore, Demirtas has recently denied claims that he has decided to resign from his post after his party administration rejected his request for an extraordinary congress.

“There is no crisis in the party. There is also no dissidence in our party. I have no plans to resign. Such [elected] positions are temporary duties given to us by our people. When the time comes, we will also leave our posts,” Demirtas said, adding that there is no extraordinary congress issue on the party's agenda for now.

Cihan

Last Mod: 14 Ekim 2013, 14:27
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