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HDP is an important political movement for Turkey, says ex-intelligence chief

By Rudaw 18/6/2016
Cevat Ones, Former deputy of the Turkish intelligence. Photo: Rudaw
Cevat Ones, Former deputy of the Turkish intelligence. Photo: Rudaw

ERBIL, Kurdistan region-- Former deputy of the Turkish intelligence (MIT) describes the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) as “an important political movement for Turkey” which could become a “positive force” beyond the country’s borders. 

Cevat Ones, 74, who also served as head of the MIT in the Kurdish province of Diyarbakir in early 1990s, told Rudaw that the Turkish political process would not “progress” without the participation of the HDP. 

“The progress of the HDP’s politics towards becoming a party for Turkey is important not just for the country, it is also a movement in the Middle East which will have an impact on both Syria and Iraq,” Ones said and criticized efforts to prosecute the pro-Kurdish MPs after removal of their parliamentary immunity.  

Over 130 lawmakers, including many from the HDP, have been stripped of their immunity by the parliament and could face trial if the decision wins the support of a referendum.  

Ones said if authorities decide to ban the Kurdish party, “a new party will enter the stage instead of the HDP” with a new name but similar issues, he added.

“The Turkish history has shown that the names might change but the issues still remain in the social forces,” he said referring to calls to ban the HDP. 

He also praised HDP co-leader Selahettin Demirtas for condemning what Ones called “terror attacks” carried out by the guerrillas of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Several bombings have targeted army and police bases across Turkey, which the PKK’s different military wings have over the past year claimed responsibility for.   

The most recent bombing took place in Istanbul’s Fatih neighborhood on June 7, as a car bomb hit a police base in the city killing 6 people and wounding 5.  

“The HDP may have done some errors of judgment when the terror bombings continue, but denouncing PKK’s terrorist attacks by Demirtas at a public rally in Diyarbakir was important,” Ones said and added that the HDP move could embolden those who are against such attacks inside the PKK.

Ones also foresaw a partition of Syria and said federalism could be a model for the county, in which, he said, the people in Syria should determine their own fate. 

“If an armed group wants to impose its will on others at gunpoint, it will lead to an ethnic war, a war between Kurds and Arabs,” Ones said referring to the Kurdish Democratic Unity Party (PYD) in Syria.  


Ahmed | 18/6/2016
HDP is important to Turkey to amnipulate the Kurds, Today's Turkey will destroy anything that is Kurd, even Genocide.
dutchnational | 18/6/2016
His closing remark is right on spot and Turkey should take it to heart. AKP and Turkey are imposing their will on kurds at gunpoint and it will, or has already, lead to ethnic war
Ed Lampman | 18/6/2016
Thanks to Cevat Ones for a rational and realistic look at the HDP and PYD. Unfortunately, due to Erdogan's rush to a dictatorial Presidency, such views are not easily disseminated in Turkey.
André | 19/6/2016
It is time an influential voice inside Turkey spoke up for reconciliation. It is the only path forward for peace & harmony, which all right-thinking people should want : for Turkey & elsewhere in middle east
Sluth | 21/6/2016
A quick check of Wikileaks confirms that Cevat has been delivering the same message for many years. Prior to HDP it was the DTP. There is a level of maturity in Cevat's thinking that is quite rare in Turkish politics. Rather than worry about supposed organic links between political parties and warring entities he appears to be promoting a de-polarisation of politics ..... that could IMO leave nutters and war mongers of all descriptions out in the cold. Why should I be interested? It is because Turkish politics has sadly become everyone’s politics. Cevat warns the PYD not to impose its [longer term] will on other groups which is a very different position to simply condemning the PYD because of its "organic" roots. Acceptance of federalism models in the context of recent developments is important. I like this reported quote on Cevat Ones "PKK terrorism occurred as the result of the historical Kurdish issue. We have to eliminate the mistakes made in the past. Military martyrs are our own people, so are the PKK supporters in the mountains. Whether we call them militant, guerrilla or something else, they are all Turkish citizens. If there are wrong systems in the country, such sorrows definitely occur as a result. We have to learn lessons from past mistakes. The PKK issue will not end if we eliminate about 3000 militant in Northern Iraq. The main thing is, to be able to eliminate the problems through democratic and legal ways."

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