The following statement by the left-wing, Kurdish-led Peoples Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chairs was released on June 29:
We condemn the attack in Istanbul, Atatürk International Airport. Unfortunately 36 civilians lost their lives and 147 people were injured as a result of this inhumane attack. We wish that God rests the souls of all departed, we extend our condolences to their families and friends, and wish the wounded quick recovery. We share the great sorrow with the whole society and harshly condemn the terror attacks that target civilians and the humankind.
We witness a rise in attacks by organisations such as ISIS that know no boundaries, and the aggravating results of those attacks. It is clear that further struggle and solidarity is crucial against ISIS who commit crimes against humanity over a very large geographical spread: from Beirut to Reyhanli, Suruç to Paris, Baghdad to Kobanê, Tunis to Brussels, Ankara to Istanbul, and Iraq to Syria.
The governments who provide support for these organisations are responsible for the ease in which they can organise their attacks. The mentality responsible for foreign policies on supporting barbarian gangs — that still asks “Why should Al-Nusra be seen as a terrorist organisation?” — is responsible for what happened today.
It is our citizens who are obliged to pay the heavy price of a wrong foreign policy and relations with barbarian gangs known for their crimes against humanity.
The results of the arm shipments and logistical support that has rendered Syria an uninhabitable country is threatening the right to life for all our citizens today.
Those holding political power, whose foreign policy is a mere fiasco, keep sitting on their chairs with no shame and continue with their struggle to build one-man rule.
This government is incapable of bringing peace and serenity into Turkey. The claims of bringing serenity and stability by those who adopt policies of tension, polarisation, conflict and war in both domestic and foreign relations for a power grab are null and void.
The realisation of this fact, a reality recognised by the outside world, shall be an important step towards stopping the rot.