Are Kurdish peace talks finished forever?Comments
Turkey has again been rocked by deadly bombings, with the Kurds are being blamed for the latest attacks in the south-east.
Now many are asking whether the failed peace talks with the Kurds can ever be resurrected again.
After the coup attempt to oust his government last month President Tayyip Erdogan invited all major political leaders to his palace for talks – apart notably from the leader of the pro-Kurdish HDP party.
The HDP denied Erdogan an outright win in elections in 2015, and, since they passed a ten percent threshold, gained 59 seats in parliament. It was the first time a group of pro-Kurdish MPs had been elected and the first time the Kurds had a voice in parliament.
Since the coup attempt however it is clear the party is in trouble: Its co-chairman Selahattin Demirtas has been charged with “promoting terrorist propaganda” and could receive a five year jail sentence.
In July last year Turkey began bombing Kurdish militants based over the border in Iraq, seemingly ending all prospects of peace, and shortly afterwards the militants resumed attacks inside Turkey.
The peace process was launched for the first time in 2009 but in July last year Turkey began bombing Kurdish militants based over the border in Iraq.
Since then, the PKK conflict has entered one of the deadliest chapters in its three-decade history, according to the International Crisis Group
Shortly afterwards Kurdish militants resumed attacks inside Turkey and the fear is the Turkish state is further away from a political settlement with the Kurds than ever before.