“The talks have generated high hopes for a peaceful solution but the negotiations are just a first step on road to peaceful solution” he said. “This should not be about power games, it must be about peaceful solutions, either everyone wins or everyone loses.”

French MEP Marie-Christine Vergiat said that “the murders on January 9th of three Kurdish activists in Paris, one of whom I knew personally, were an attempt to destabilize the peace process at a historic moment”. She called on all sides not to be sidetracked from the process of dialogue.

“Just as it’s clear that the PKK must be removed from the terrorist list, we know that the Turkish authorities use the fight against terrorism as an excuse to imprison human rights and democracy activists” she said. “The EU must use its clout to end this and put its political and financial weight behind efforts to achieve stability – after all, the future stability of the region is at stake.”
At press conference will be held in Strasbourg at 17.00 with MP Selahattin Demirtas, Member of Turkish Parliament and Co-Chair of the pro-Kurdish BDP Party.
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