‘Kurdish civil rights’ main condition of PKK for peace in Turkey

Kurdish fighters of the PKK during funeral of fellows in southeastern Turkey. File photo

ARA News

Suruc, Turkey – The Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan and the parliamentary delegation of the Democratic People’s Party (HDP) issued Saturday a joint statement regarding the “peace process” in Turkey.

The HDP delegation (known as Imrali delegation), who met a few days ago with leaders of the Group of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK) in Qandil in northern Iraq, held a meeting with the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan where both parties issued a joint statement to the public opinion regarding the Kurdish-Turkish peace process. 

Serri Onder, the HDP’s parliamentary member, talked about “solution phase”, pointing out that the stage of negotiations, which faced constraints during the last period, reached an important level, and that the views of Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), in this regard are as follows: “We head towards permanent peace after military clashes that lasted for 30 years, but our primary goal is to reach a democratic peace.” 

“In order to take the historical and strategic decision to disarm, the PKK leadership is calling for an emergency meeting this spring,” Onder quoted the PKK leader in the statement. 

Onder mentioned 10 headlines about the phase of peace, including the guarantee of individual liberties, and the reformulation of the citizen’s identity based on democracy and including the equal civil rights for Kurds in the Turkish constitution, laws and regulations. 

“So, to implement these historical developments, the stage of disarmament is a duty and there is no other solution,” HDP’s parliamentary member added.

Speaking to ARA News on the phone, Özcan Yürek , a left-wing peace activist in Turkey, said that violence and fighting cannot continue forever, and that peace must be resolved throughout Turkey after decades of bloodshed. 

Over the last three decades, fierce battles took place between the PKK fighters and the Turkish army in the Kurdish areas of southeastern Turkey. The confrontations caused the destruction of hundreds of villages and thousands of casualties on both sides. 


Reporting by: Mohammed Ali 

Source: ARA News

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