Turkey removes Kurdish peace process from official website

<p style="text-align: left;">The Under-Secretariat of Public Order and Security, an institution established to negotiate peace with the insurgent Kurdistan Workers&amp;rsquo; Party (PKK), removed the booklet entitled &amp;ldquo;Silent Revolution: Turkey's Democratic Change and Transformation Inventory&amp;rdquo; from is publications section , and the special website with the same title has also been taken down, Turkish newspaper Habert&amp;uuml;rk reported .

An archived version of the website shows that the website was online as recently as June 2017, promoting the booklet in six languages.

The Kurdish version of the booklet was labeled as the first Kurdish book published by the Turkish state, using the W, X and X letters, previously banned from official publications, Ahval reported.

Turkey&rsquo;s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrote the foreword of the booklet, which had sections on &ldquo;Changing the Security Paradigm&rdquo;, &ldquo;Civilian Oversight of Security&rdquo;, &ldquo;Protection and Improvement of Human Rights&rdquo;, and &ldquo;Judicial Reform&rdquo;.

As part of the larger Kurdish-Turkish conflict, the PKK has fought a separatist war in Turkey&rsquo;s southeast since the early 1980s, later changing its aims to demand equal rights and autonomy, rather than independence.

Erdogan, the Prime Minister at the time, initiated a process of talks between Turkey&rsquo;s intelligence service and the PKK leadership in 2009.

The talks failed in July 2015 as relations between the two sides came under pressure due to the Syrian conflict and domestic politics.

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