Turkey's main opposition leader has called on the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) and its sister party, The Peoples' Democracy Party (HDP), to provide support in the presidential elections against the ruling party candidate, marking a first concrete appeal to reach out to Kurdish voters, Hurriyet Daily News reported.
"The resolution process should rely on mutual trust. But there is currently a picture in which both sides don't trust each other. The only party who will refresh mutual trust and solve the issue with determination is us. This is why we are seeking their votes," Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu told daily Hürriyet on the sidelines of a visit to Germany on June 7.
Kilicdaroglu vowed that the CHP, which has long been criticized for its lack of plans for a resolution regarding the Kurdish issue, would endeavor to give new momentum to the stalled peace process.
"I would like to tell the HDP-BDP voters that democracy and freedom is not a rule only valid for the west. It has also to be valid for the east and the southeast. We have to defend democracy and freedom in equal terms for all the regions in Turkey," said Kilicdaroglu, responding to questions before his first ever rally abroad in the heart of the industrial belt in Essen.