HDP co-chair wants end to Syria incursion

<p style="text-align: left;">Turkey should accept the territorial gains of Syrian Kurdish forces at its southern border, end its military operation against them and instead resolve problems through dialogue, the new leader of Turkey&amp;rsquo;s main pro-Kurdish party said.

Buldan, elected on Sunday as the new co-leader of the Peoples&rsquo; Democratic Party (HDP), is already being investigated for terrorism for making critical remarks of the Syria incursion by Turkey.

&ldquo;The reasonable thing to do is to find a solution through dialogue, and the only possible solution is through agreement. Turkey needs to tolerate the achievements of Kurds in Syria,&rdquo; she told Reuters in an interview late on Tuesday.

Since the onset of Syria&rsquo;s civil war in 2011, the YPG and its allies have seized swathes of land and set up autonomous cantons in northern Syria, including Afrin.

Ankara also accuses Buldan&rsquo;s party of links to the PKK, which has waged a deadly insurgency in Turkey&rsquo;s largely Kurdish southeast for three decades. The HDP, parliament&rsquo;s second-largest opposition party, denies this.

The investigation against Buldan was launched a day after she was elected, with a prosecutor citing her comments against the offensive in Syria, which she has described as an attack on civilian Kurds.

Ankara says it is not targeting Kurdish civilians in its ground and air operation. In the three weeks since it was launched, there have been conflicting reports of its course, including the number of casualties suffered from both sides.

Buldan stood by her allegation that the operation was targeting Kurdish civilians.

&ldquo;The government is acting against Kurds, not only in Turkey but wherever they are. Turkey&rsquo;s intervention against Kurds living in peace (in Syria) with other ethnic groups is unacceptable,&rdquo; Buldan said.

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