DTP Criticizes Turkish Government, Says PKK a ‘Political Organization’

Parliamentary deputies from the Democratic Society Party (DTP) criticized Wednesday the Turkish Government’s stance of the Kurdish issue. The government has disregarded a political resolution to the Kurdish question, suspended all dialogue with the PKK, and ruled out any possibility for peace, the statement said.
The critical statement by Turkey’s sole Kurdish political party represented in parliament came after the party’s executive board met Wednesday to discuss the government’s escalating war on the PKK and its ongoing attempts close down the DTP.
Claiming that the PKK is a political organization seeking a resolution to the Kurdish issue, the party said that it will form an anti-war movement to protest the escalating military campaign against the PKK by the Turkish Armed Forces.
Turkey’s Constitutional Court Thursday rejected prosecution deman’s to impose restrictions on the main Kurdish party while it is hearing a case against it for alleged links with separatist rebels, Anatolia news agency reported.
The court said there was no reason to bar the Democratic Society Party, or DTP, from contesting elections or prevent its members from running on the ticket of other parties or as independents, Anatolia reported.
The court also rejected deman’s to block any treasury assistance the party could be entitled to and to stop the recruitment of new members, it said.
The DTP welcomed the ruling, but didn’t see it as any indication that the case, which is seeking to close the party down, would go in its favor.
"It is a positive decision, even though it does not constitute any signal on the essence of the case," senior DTP deputy Selahattin Demirtas told AFP. "The prosecution deman’s were unlawful and the court did what the law requires.”
The restriction requests were part of a charge sheet that Turkey’s chief prosecutor submitted to the Constitutional Court in November.
The prosecutor wants the DTP to be outlawed, arguing it has become "a hive of activity" targeting national unity through its links with the separatist PKK.
The case is expected to take at least six months.
The DTP, which holds 20 seats in the 550-member parliament, denies links with the PKK. Its members, however, have come under fire for refusing to brand the group a terrorist organization and often voicing sympathy for the rebels.
Party Chairman Nurettin Demirtas, who has served time in prison for belonging to the PKK, was arrested this month on charges of using a false medical report to evade compulsory military service.

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