Speaking to journalist Faruk Balikçi, Bayik remarked that the democratic resolution process was initiated by Öcalan and advanced by the unilateral steps of the Kurdish side. Bayik pointed out that the AKP government has on the other hand taken no steps intended for a solution and wanted to break the will of the Kurdish people by following policies deepening the war in the country.

Bayik stressed that the talks between Öcalan and the state’s delegation should have advanced to negotiations as of 1 June, as had been agreed by the state delegation as well, and noted that the government has however not carried the process a step forward and paid no attention to the Kurdish side’s warnings that the process would be facing a deadlock under those circumstances. “The process has ended in the current state of affairs, and it is the AKP government itself that has brought the process to an end”, Bayik added.

Also responding to the intervention in the BDP (Peace and Democracy Party) delegation during the last visit to Imrali, Bayik underlined that there was a need to create equal circumstances for both sides in order to make sure that the process can make a progress.

Reminding of the state’s previous interventions in the BDP delegation, the exclusion of firstly Ahmet Türk, then of Sirri Süreyya Önder and Selahattin Demirtas from the delegation, Bayik said these people were denied permission to pay a visit to the island because of the critism they have put forward.

Bayik pointed out that the determination of the Kurdish side’s delegation by the state went contrary to equality and meant ignoring the will of the Kurdish side.

Bayik also criticized the government for providing no information about their intention concerning the course of the process and not presenting a road map for a solution to the Kurdish question, and noted that this was because the government had no intention to come up with a solution.

Remarking that the state should create equal circumstances for both sides, make legal arrangements and improve the conditions of the Kurdish leader and include a third party in the negotiations, Bayik underlined “The government’s current attitude has to change for the negotiation process to begin”. He added that the government’s failure to take these urgent and essential steps would mean that the process has been ended by the AKP government. (ANF, Oct 31, 2013)