New BDP 2 person delegation travels to İmralı to meet with jailed PKK leader

Zaman 7.6.2013 – Two deputies from the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) travelled to the island of İmralı on Friday to meet with jailed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan as part of ongoing talks aimed at resolving Turkey’s long-standing conflict in the Southeast.

BDP Co-chairman Selahattin Demirtaş and the BDP parliamentary group deputy chairwoman, Pervin Buldan, set off for İmralı early on Friday from İstanbul.

This is the sixth delegation traveling to İmralı to meet with Öcalan as part of the government-sponsored settlement process. The first meeting between Öcalan and Kurdish politicians as part of the negotiations took place on Jan. 4 when Mardin independent deputy Ahmet Türk and BDP deputy Ayla Akat Ata visited İmralı.