Peace process can be re-launched if public order provided: AKP

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Stalled talks for the resolution of the Kurdish peace process could resume in the event that public order is fully provided, a spokesperson for the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has said in continued warnings that the government will not tolerate militant activities following the Nov. 1 elections.

“[The peace process] could be taken out of the refrigerator after public order is fully provided,” Ömer Çelik, a deputy leader and spokesperson of the AKP, told reporters late Nov. 2 after a party meeting. Çelik’s message came just a day after the AKP secured a comfortable election victory to win a four-year governmental mandate. 
It was President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who first said that the peace process had been put into the refrigerator, meaning that talks with the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), which is focused on the Kurdish issue, were shelved because the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) did not fully leave Turkey and disarm.

“There are two things that those who are sincere on the solution process should make: first, they should announce that they are definitely against any sort of terror activities. Second, those who have weapons in their hands should bury them,” Çelik said.

“We will not tolerate the ruining of the public order using the solution process as an excuse. Both public order and democratization will continue as elements nourishing each other,” he added.

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