Gov't to meet with HDP committee to revive reconciliation process
As the government is preparing to proceed with the reconciliation process which was stalled by the Kobani protests in October resulting in the deaths of over 30 people
As the government is preparing to proceed with the reconciliation process which was stalled by the Kobani protests in October resulting in the deaths of over 30 people, Deputy Prime Minister Yalçın Akdoğan and the People's Democratic Party (HDP) will hold a meeting on Monday to revive the initiative.
The meeting which will take place at 13:00 on Monday at the office of the prime minister with the participation of HDP's deputy chairpersons including Pervin Buldan, Sırrı Süreyya Önder and İdris Baluken, shortly after the HDP expressed their will to resume the talks.
One of the main goals of the meeting is to take concrete steps about issues which have blocked the reconciliation process and to clarify the schedule for visiting PKK's imprisoned leader Abdullah Öcalan in İmralı. Accordingly, the meeting is expected to create confidence in the process to avoid new crises in the future and emphasize societal peace, consolidation and order.
While the talks with PKK's imprisoned leader Abdullah Öcalan in İmralı are expected to resume, the government will take into consideration the extension of HDP's İmralı committee, which was previously requested by the party when they demanded that Hatip Dicle and Ceylan Bağrıyanık be added to the committee.
Measures to encourage disarmament of PKK militants are also on the government's agenda to speed up the process while the PKK will be expected to abrogate its existence in Turkey and unconditionally withdraw all militants. Accordingly, the return and rehabilitation of militants will be conducted in stages. For instance, PKK militants who have not been involved in any crimes will return first, followed by others. The government will also bring a series of new regulations to encourage more militants to lay their arms down, while social integration projects will be carried out to rehabilitate the militants.