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Forthcoming Turkish elections opportunity to advance peace - Sheehan

5 June, 2015 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin international spokesperson Pat Sheehan has called for forthcoming Turkish elections to consolidate and develop peace process.

Speaking today Mr Sheehan said:

“On Sunday, 7 June, the people of Turkey will face crucially important elections.

“It is imperative that this process is open, free and fair without any political or legal obstructions.

“Whatever the resulting democratic will of the people may be, there needs to be a focus, by the incoming government, on strengthening the on-going peace process with the newly elected Kurdish representatives. All mandates must be respected.

“Key issues remain outstanding and resolving the issues at the heart of the conflict will advance moves towards a just and lasting peace.

“The Turkish government must also release from detention Kurdish leader, Abdullah Ocalan, a firm supporter, and main architect, of the current peace initiative.

“It is Sinn Féin's firm belief that there is a pathway forward to build and enhance the peace process in Turkey and that this election provides a unique opportunity to do so.”

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