Why the stalled peace process between Turkey and Kurds could resume

The recent military coup and subsequent government crackdown on dissenting Turkish officials, academics, and journalists may have actually helped to heal relations between the Turkish government and the the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), or at least put hostilities on hold.

In the wake of the coup, with the Turkish military left weak and open to attack, the Kurds have been oddly silent – a detente which may be the catalyst needed to resume peace talks.

Ayse Sozen Usluer, the Turkish president’s international relations chief, said there has been no policy change toward the PKK, but that the conflict could still be solved politically. “There is always [the] possibility to go back to [the] peace process,” Ms. Usluer told the Voice of America. READ MORE.

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