Ankara denies peace talks with PKK after election

<p style="text-align: left;">Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan&amp;rsquo;s spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin has refuted any new peace process with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers&amp;rsquo; Party (PKK), after a chief presidential advisor suggested that such an initiative could be launched after the June 24 snap election.

&ldquo;Our president&rsquo;s agenda does not include such a solution process. The struggle against the PKK will continue,&rdquo; Kalin said in a written statement issued on May 18.

According to Hurriyet daily the statement came after advisor Ilnur Cevik responded positively to a question about whether there could be a new peace process, during an interview on Haberturk TV late on May 17.

&ldquo;Sure, why shouldn&rsquo;t such things [happen]. But apparently it has to wait until after the election given the short period of time,&rdquo; Cevik said.

Questioned about whether the reason for delay has anything to do with the ruling Justice and Development Party&rsquo;s (AKP) pre-election alliance with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Cevik said &ldquo;it has nothing to do with the MHP.&rdquo;

He instead pointed to Erdogan&rsquo;s pledges for &ldquo;more freedom and more democracy&rdquo; if he is re-elected president, saying &ldquo;I think there would be a process within this [perspective].&rdquo;

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