DPI held an online roundtable entitled ‘Youth’s Peace Memory & Vision in Turkey’ on 23 June 2021. This meeting was part of DPI’s planned series focusing on youth’s understanding and perception of the peace process. This series of DPI, titled ‘Youth’s Peace Memory & Vision in Turkey’ aims to understand the youth’s voice regarding peace through their shared and diverse concerns, their perception of peace as well as their expectations of a potential peace process in Turkey.
The participants of the series comprised a diverse group of youth, figures with diverse professional and political backgrounds from across Turkey, including the representatives from the youth branches of all political parties, social workers, young academics, journalists and artists.
Participants were given the opportunity to listen to one of the one of the youngest members of Wise People’s Committee (WPC), Yıldıray Oğur, who represented the Black Sea region during the Solution Process from 2013 to 2015. Yıldıray Oğur, a journalist, discussed his first-hand experience a Wise People’s Committee member and provided his subjective assessment of the previous peace process in Turkey.
During the course of the meeting, the youth group also discussed their various recollections and perceptions during the peace process,, as well as their visions of peace in Turkey. The meeting provided a platform for the participants to share their understanding of the peace process and envisage the preparations needed for the possible resumption of a resolution process in Turkey.
The meeting is part of a larger series of activities planned in the context of the project: “Forging Pathways to Peace and Democracy in Turkey”, supported by the Norwegian and Irish government.