EU calls for ceasefire between Turkey and Kurds, condemns “all forms of terrorism”


Kurdish supporters of the PKK in Diyarbakir. File photo

ARA News 

A bomb attack on a security post in Hakkari-Semdinli in southeastern Turkey killed at least 18 people on Sunday. In addition to offering condolences, The EU delegation to Turkey called for a return to the peace process and an end to the violence between the military and Kurdish rebels.

“We express our condolences to the families of the victims killed and wish a speedy recovery to those injured,” the delegation began. “The European Union and Turkey stand united against all forms of terrorism.”

“The dangerous spiral of violence in the southeast of Turkey must come to an end, arms must be laid down and a political process based on a genuine dialogue needs to start. The EU is ready to accompany this process,” the EU delegation continued.

The delegation’s appeal closely corresponds with recent statements from the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), calling for a ceasefire and dialogue.

“The ever-mounting conflict and war environment creates new pains every day. The government, [by] supporting war policies and increasing tension and polarization against every call for peace, is directly responsible for this painful outcome,” the HDP said.

“Our party is against all kinds of violence no matter from whom or where it stems from. The Peoples’ Democratic Party does not and will not compromise from this principal,” the HDP party declared. “The only way out of the pain and destruction of war is to establish a lasting peace.”

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News 

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