US anticipates recommitment of Kurdish peace process amid curfews
ISTANBULU.S. State Department has voiced its ambitions for recommitment to Turkey’s long-stalled Kurdish peace process as the country’s eastern and southeastern regions continue to experience curfews amidst violent conflict.
“What I would say is we hope to see a renewed commitment to the political process by the Turkish Government and the PKK [Kurdistan Workers’ Party] to bring about a just and sustainable peace for all Turkish citizens. While we understand Turkey needs to take security measures, it should also take all feasible precautions to protect civilians and to act consistently with its legal obligations,” State spokesperson John Kirby said speaking at the State Department’s daily press briefing.
Turkish security forces have imposed curfews in many districts across Turkey’s east and southeast in recent months, stating that they are trying to prevent civilian casualties during clashes with outlawed PKK militants.
Areas under curfew have also seen intense clashes that have caused severe damage to homes, shops, mosques and several other buildings, prompting many locals to flee during breaks in curfews.