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REPORT OF THE FACT-FINDING MISSION OF THE INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND RECONCILIATION INITIATIVE (IPRI) ON THE PEACE PROCESS RELATING TO THE KURDISH QUESTION IN TURKEY
Prepared by members of the Fact-Finding Mission comprising:
1. Francis Wurtz: ex-member of the European Parliament of Strasbourg, France;
2. Essa Moosa: Judge of the High Court of South Africa of Cape Town, South Africa; and
3. Osman Kavala: Chair of the Anadolu Kultur, which promotes human rights through culture, of Istanbul, Turkey.
DATED ON THIS 5TH DAY OF NOVEMBER 2014

 

INDEX
Executive Summary ……………………………………………………………… 3
Introduction ………………………………………………………………………… 10
The Fact-Finding Mission ……………………………………………………… 10
The Kurdish Issue …………………………………………………………………. 12
The Conflict ………………………………………………………………………… ..13
Overview of the Peace Process …………………………………………………13
Reform Package …………………………………………………………………… 15
Need for Solution …………………………………………………………………. 16
The Program for the Fact-Finding Mission ……………………………… 17
Evidence obtained by the Mission in Istanbul ……………………………17
Evidence obtained by the Mission in Ankara …………………………….. 25
Evidence obtained by the Mission in Diyarbakir ……………………… 35
Evaluation of the Evidence ……………………………………………………….42
Result of the Surveys ………………………………………………………………..48
The Factual Findings and Recommendations …………………………………….49

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Results and report of the fact-finding mission of the International Peace and Reconciliation Initiative (IPRI) on the peace process relating to the Kurdish Question in Turkey

Thursday 11th December, 14h00, EP press room, BXL

Gaby ZIMMER, Chairwoman of the European United Left – Nordic Green Left Group (GUE/NGL) in the European Parliament, Germany

Judge Essa MOOSA, IPRI fact-finding mission member, International Peace and Reconciliation Initiative (IPRI), South Africa

Mr. Francis WURTZ, IPRI fact-finding mission member, Former Chairman of GUE/NGL Group in European Parliament, France

Mr. Osman KAVALA, IPRI fact-finding mission member, civil society activist, Turkey

Prof. Kariane WESTRHEIM, University of Bergen, Chairwoman of the EU-Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC), Norway

The International Peace and Reconciliation Initiative (IPRI) has recently dispatched a Fact-Finding Mission to Turkey in order to determine the status of the peace process in Turkey, with the participation of Judge Essa Moosa (South Africa), Francis Wurtz (France) and Osman Kavala (Turkey), assisted on the ground by Ms Berivan Alatas.

The results and the report of the fact-finding mission of the International Peace and Reconciliation Initiative (IPRI) on the peace process relating to the Kurdish Question in Turkey will be presented and distributed during the press conference.

IPRI was launched in December 2012 in response to an international call made by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu for the resumption of talks between the Turkish government and the imprisoned leader of the PKK, Abdullah Ocalan, for the peaceful resolution of the Kurdish Question in Turkey. The call was supported by a number of leading world leaders and Nobel Peace Prize laureates, including:

His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet, Jimmy Carter (former President of the United States of America), Jose Ramos-Horta (former President of East Timor), Gerry Adams (President of Sinn Fein, Northern Ireland), Kjell Magne Bondevik (former Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway and currently Director of the Oslo Centre for Peace and Human Rights), Ingvar Carlsson (former Prime Minister of Sweden), Paavo Lipponen (former Prime Minister of Finland), Anker Jorgensen (former Prime Minister of Denmark) and Kjeld Olesen (former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark).

 

 

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Executive summary ALL REPORT & SUMMARY REPORT

The primary motivation for the formation of the International Peace and Reconciliation Initiative (IPRI) has been to advance the peace process in Turkey as a corollary to the scope of a broader peace in the whole of the Middle East. IPRI was launched in December 2012 in response to an international call made by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu for the resumption of talks between the Turkish government and the imprisoned leader of the PKK, Abdullah Ocalan, for the peaceful resolution of the Kurdish Question in Turkey.

The call was supported by a number of leading world leaders and Nobel Peace Prize laureates, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet, Jimmy Carter (former President of the United States of America), Jose Ramos-Horta (former President of East Timor), Gerry Adams (President of Sinn Fein, Northern Ireland), Kjell Magne Bondevik (former Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway and currently Director of the Oslo Centre for Peace and Human Rights), Ingvar Carlsson (former Prime Minister of Sweden), Paavo Lipponen (former Prime Minister of Finland), Anker Jorgensen (former Prime Minister of Denmark) and Kjeld Olesen (former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark).

The Fact-Finding Mission to Turkey has been undertaken in order to determine the status of the peace process in Turkey. The mandate of the Mission has been to determine:SUMMARY REPORT