Members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). File photo
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URFA – The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) declared Saturday the cessation of its military operations against the Turkish forces, demanding the authorities to stop airstrikes against its rebels.
Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), an umbrella movement that includes the PKK, said in a statement: “Heeding calls from Turkey and abroad, our movement has decided on a state of inactivity by our guerillas, unless our people and our guerilla forces are attacked.”
The movement suspended its operations ahead of the Turkish parliamentary polls, planned on Nov. 1.
“Amid escalation of war, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) insisted to continue its offensive against the Kurdish areas, blaming the war on the Kurdish forces and claiming that our guerrillas we are threatening the security of the electoral process,” KCK said.
“Our fighters will stop conducting any military operations, but would defend its current positions in case of being attacked.”
“All those bearing responsibility towards the peoples of Turkey must see that our attitude entirely serves Turkey’s democratization, peace and stability,” the KCK added.
“A lasting solution to the problems won’t be found by only expecting self-sacrifice from our side in an atmosphere where the existence of our people is not recognized and their freedom is not ensured.”
Fighting has resumed between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Turkish forces after the collapse of a two-year ceasefire in July.
Dozens of Turkish security troops have been killed in the conflict, while Ankara says it has killed over 1,700 Kurdish rebels in a ferocious airstrikes campaign carried out in the southeastern areas of Turkey and in northern Iraq.
Peace Rally Under Attack
The KCK’s statement comes on the same day of the death of more than 80 Kurdish and Turkish leftist activists who gathered in central Ankara to condemn the ongoing violence in the country.
Turkey’s health minister confirmed the death of 86 people and the injury of 186 others.
In July, a similar suicide attack hit the Kurdish town of Suruc in southern Turkey, claiming the lives of at least 30 young activists who were meeting to discuss the reconstruction of the neighbouring Syrian town of Kobane.
Reporting by: Jan Nasro
Source: ARA News