DEM Party calls for a return to the 'Dolmabahçe Consensus'

The DEM Party Central Executive Committee stated that the rejection of the Dolmabahçe Consensus closed the doors to democratic politics and a democratic solution.

The Central Executive Committee of the DEM Party (Peoples’ Equality and Democracy Party) released a statement calling for a return to the ‘Dolmabahçe Consensus’, a ten-point plan negotiated between Abdullah Öcalan and the Turkish state for a resolution to the Kurdish question on February 28, 2015. The Kurdish side was represented by the HDP, and the delegation included Pervin Buldan, Sırrı Süreyya Önder and Idris Baluken. The peace process was terminated shortly thereafter by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The statement titled "The Dolmabahçe Consensus is the prescription to get rid of multiple crises" pointed out that: "Turkey's political history is a history of military, civilian and judicial coups. The monist character of the regime, based on denial and assimilation, has always kept the coup mechanism alive in order to sustain its unequal, unjust and undemocratic order. Every step taken for the solution of Turkey's historical and constitutive problems based on democratic politics and negotiation has been attempted to be thwarted by the coup mechanism.

The statement continued:

"Nine years ago today, the Dolmabahçe Consensus, which opened the doors to a negotiated solution to the Kurdish question and democratization in Turkey, was announced to the public. The Dolmabahçe Consensus, which in each of its articles offers a prescription for a solution to Turkey's fundamental and historical problems, was rejected by the AKP government.

The rejection of the Dolmabahçe Consensus closed the doors to democratic politics and a democratic solution. The peoples of Turkey once again faced a spiral of violence. With the rejection of the consensus, multiple crises in democracy, justice, freedoms and the economy began to materialize one after another.

The Dolmabahçe Consensus was a historical turning point for the peoples of Turkey. It was a historic opportunity for the solution of the Kurdish question and the problems of democracy, justice and freedoms in Turkey. Since then, it is clear that the will and perspective of the Dolmabahçe Consensus for a solution is needed even more.

Today, we continue to defend the Dolmabahçe Consensus in the strongest and most determined manner in order for the peoples of Turkey to be freed from multiple crises and to find a solution to the country's historical problems. Despite the conjunctural tensions and the political climate, we have a strong will to develop a solution based on the Dolmabahçe Consensus. We would like to state that it is inevitable to return to the Dolmabahçe spirit for the democratic solution of the Kurdish question and that all political subjects should contribute to this spirit.

The way out of the multiple crises Turkey is going through is to defend the historical Kurdish peace with courage and determination. In this context, as the DEM Party, we strongly emphasize that we are against all kinds of coups, that we condemn coups and that we will continue our struggle uninterrupted for the political-democratic solution of the Kurdish question."