Turkey Kurdish deputies lash out at peace package

2.10.2013 – MESOP – Kurdish deputies in Turkey Parliament lashed out at the democratization package announced by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday.

Pro- Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Mus Deputy Sirri Sakik blamed the package for failing to meet the demands of the Kurd. “We believe the way to peace should be paved and releasing the political prisoners is one of the most important tools in achieving the goal.”  “There are thousands of PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) members in Turkey jails and some of them are on the verge of dying due to dangerous discuses,” he added.

“The package is not a democracy package but some Erdogan attempts to keep his party’s votes,” Sirnak Deputy Hasip Kaplan said, underlining that the moves serves the Kurds in no way. Addressing reporters BDP co- leader Gultan Kisanak called the package an election package not a democracy one.