Peace process will not hurt the memories of martyrs: Erdogan

The ongoing peace process between Ankara government and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) will not hurt the memories of soldiers killed during the conflict against the outlawed PKK over the last three decades, Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed the families of fallen soldiers.

“This is not a give-and-take, or a negotiation process. We will fight for the future of our country and the honor of our flag, until eternity if necessary,” Erdogan said during a fast-breaking dinner in Ankara July 16, adding that they want a society where living and keeping people alive prevails not dying and killing.

Erdogan further said no soldier had died during an open confrontation since the start of the process seven months ago.

“Isn’t this what we want, what we are expecting? We will fight against terrorism but while we also continue this [peace process] fight, relieving the hearts of mothers and fathers is also our duty,” he said.

The prime minister also slammed those who oppose the process, adding that the government was dealing with “provocations of all nature.” “We are not only fighting terrorism and terrorists, but also those who use them, those whose interests are served by the spilling of blood. We are currently witnessing that those circles have not remained idle, that vile traitors have made all kinds of provocations,” Erdogan said. “We will not allow the memories of our martyrs be hurt. Those who want to abort this process cannot render an account to history.”