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Imprisoned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan said during a meeting on İmralı island on Jan. 3 that he should be considered the "only authority" in the process of PKK disarmament, daily Hurriyet has reported.
 
Two pro-Kurdish lawmakers of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) were permitted to meet with Öcalan on İmralı island, where he is serving a life sentence. Öcalan reportedly stated that "important steps may be taken in the upcoming months, if the process is not sabotaged."
 
"The aim is to create an environment without the need for guns," Öcalan said. "Everyone should be careful and sensitive."
 
Ayla Akat Ata, a BDP deputy, and Ahmet Türk, an independent deputy and co-chair of umbrella group Democratic Society Congress (DTK), traveled to İmralı from Istanbul’s Ataköy marina at around 8 a.m. and returned to Istanbul at around 3 p.m on Jan. 3.
 
They will also be conducting a number of visits to the island in the future, according to reports.

Process will fail if Öcalan remains in İmralı: PKK member

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The process for disarmament will fail unless Öcalan is taken out of İmralı, according to the PKK's European head, Zübeyir Aydar.
 
Speaking to daily Milliyet, Aydar said it would be impossible "to do much within walls."
 
"He is the chief negotiator, as well as our president and leader. His words will bind our moves. But the core of the issue is this: it cannot work from İmralı. He has already said that the way should be cleared for him to have more of a role," he added.



January/04/2013

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Cilginbebek Ms

1/5/2013 6:12:52 AM

@ Adam: Excuse me but what right do you have dictating to Turks and Turkey what they need to do? Do you have to live with these terrorists? You know nothing about Turkey. A lot of Turks are mixed with Kurds. Many high ranking military officials, presidents, prime ministers, billionaires in Turkey are Kurdish. And they don't approve of these terrorists. And many PKK kill innocent kurds. Turkey and its government and military seek solutions to safe guard all its citizens.

Brit in Turkey

1/4/2013 8:34:12 PM

Recep Ozel. The UK negotiated successfully with Terry Adams and Martin McGuinness of the IRA.

mara mcglothin

1/4/2013 6:44:29 PM

GERARD So if the USA had captured, tried and imprisoned OBLaden would your idea still apply? This man is a convicted criminal and should have no voice.

mara mcglothin

1/4/2013 6:35:37 PM

Just imagine for a moment if the USA had captured BinLaden and he was allowed to have his chieftains come for meeting? Or perhaps he could give referral appointments to the Taliban etc. Ocalan should not have any voice at all and should not be seeing the light of day, otherwise why is he even in prison. I thought he had bee convicted of a crime? Am I wrong?

Murat

1/4/2013 4:51:11 PM

This is exactly why Kurdish problem has dragged on this long. This Kurdish Osama is their "dear leader", their only hope and pride. Turks have come a long way confronting their Kurdish problem, the real problem is Kurds who have yet to address their Kurdish problems and have not even acknowledged their Turkish problem.

GERARD SELTZER

1/4/2013 4:17:40 PM

This man has been convicted and will spend the rest of his life in prison. If he can help prevent the deaths of thousands of others, why not give it a try? Why not let him be part of the negotiations?

Nuri Gotham

1/4/2013 4:12:37 PM

To achieve a lasting peace and full democracy, first Turkey should ,unilaterally, grant political, cultural and linguistic rights of the Kurds to fulfill the Copenhagen Criteria and gain the trust of the most Kurds. If Turkey and Kurds are in need of a one man that has been incarcerated & isolated for a long time then we should not be very hopeful of the outcome. One man rule has no room in democracies.

Hakan Salci

1/4/2013 3:29:51 PM

@ Suat, a very very sad day indeed....pinning hopes on a convicted baby killer is nothing but the absolute shame of the entire Republic.

Recep Ozel

1/4/2013 3:20:33 PM

Öcalan must think he has died and gone to heaven!! Why is Turkey negotiating with terrorists?? Did the USA negotiate with Bin Laden?!!

Adam Polk

1/4/2013 3:08:01 PM

nice, baby killer convicted terrorist has something to say...
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