Support a real peace process.

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THE FACTS:

OUR POSITION:

Achieving peace in Turkey is our top priority. We know that democratization in Turkey and freedom for the Kurdish people go hand in hand— and that enduring peace and stability in Northeast Syria requires a peaceful settlement to the Kurdish issue in Turkey. We believe that such a settlement in Turkey must involve basic protections and rights for Kurds and other minorities: mother-tongue education, decentralized local governance, and constitutional recognition of equal citizenship for all ethnicities and religions. We call on the international community to support peace, rather than offering Erdogan a blank check for war. 

OUR ASK:

The United States should:

  • CALL ON the Turkish government and the PKK to return to the negotiating table. 
  • SUPPORT negotiations as an international guarantor, as it has in peace talks around the world. 
  • OPPOSE the criminalization of individuals and civil society organizations who ask for peace.