World Bulletin/News Desk
Pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) leader Selahattin Demirtaş has said disputes over land, which have become more frequent in the eastern and southeastern regions since the start of the settlement process, should end, adding that his party is always ready to help the parties involved to resolve disputes. Since the start of the settlement process, an initiative launched in October 2012 by the Turkish government to end its long-standing Kurdish question, the number of fatal fights over land in the eastern and southeastern regions has been increasing. According to a report by the HaberTürk daily on Friday, a total of 29 people were killed in the last seven months in nine separate incidents that erupted over land disputes in the eastern and southeastern regions.
After visiting the families of eight people killed in a land dispute in Diyarbakır on July 28 to offer condolences on Friday, Demirtaş expressed his concerns about the growing number of land disputes. He stated that while they have been trying to bring permanent peace to the eastern regions by solving the Kurdish problem, it is very sad to see people of those regions shooting each other. He said: “We cannot accept this. There might be some problems and disputes, but we can solve these problems through dialogue. Our party [the BDP] will be always ready to help people in a dispute solve their problems.” Demirtaş also called on families to stop fighting, requesting them to apply to the BDP to resolve their problems.
Eight people were killed and four were injured when two families from two villages took up arms against each other in a land dispute in Diyarbakır on July 28.Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Ağustos 2013, 13:38