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Bülent Arınç. AA photo

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The government could consider discussing house arrest for the leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Abdullah Öcalan, if the organization lays down its arms, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç said today.
 
Arınç made the remark during an interview broadcast on the A Haber TV channel, where he commented on a call by Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) deputy Leyla Zana to release Öcalan into house arrest. 
 
House arrest for Öcalan could not be discussed as an isolated subject but could be integrated into a road map, or a "process that would begin with the [PKK] laying down its arms," Arınç said. 
 
Öcalan could not be released into house arrest just because the BDP wants it, Arınç said. "The terrorist organization would not give up violence even if we released [Öcalan] into house arrest now."
 
The BDP's request to release Öcalan into house arrest was a "solitary demand" which was not sincere and was probably aimed at making political gains, Arınç said.
 
The PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

June/15/2012

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Doctor Osmanov

6/20/2012 5:28:33 PM

He is a mass murderer and PKK are still killing? They are killing soldiers that are not civilians, what about the massacre at Uludere? these were 34 civilians with more than half of them being kids. What about that? Is that all forgotten? Hypocritical thinking. If Turkey want peace they have to have dialogue with BDP. Only then peace can occur. Peace cannot come if you "solve" kurdish question with MHP that hates kurds or only CHP when the war i with Kurds that support BDP. Common sense.

mara mcglothin

6/19/2012 4:53:53 PM

Once again Apo has Turkey by the gonads! He should be locked away and have no visitors. He is lucky he is alive and the PKK should be thankful for that. Simple. GSHERMAN The whole reason that Guan. Bay still exists is there is no place for these people. Their country of origin doesn't want them back and the few that have been let go have been found to commit offenses.

S. Tinaz

6/19/2012 2:08:25 PM

@John John (In addition to my first comment, I had ran out of room) Mandela didn't cause the death of over 40,000 people, he wouldn't order his followers to throw acid on the face of a young student stepping down from a bus, he wouldn't condone the killing of babies in their cribs, he wouldn't condone terror. Saying Mandela and Ocalan is no different would be putting Mandela and Bin Ladin or that lunatic in Norway who killed students on the island at same level.

S. Tinaz

6/19/2012 1:52:23 PM

@John john Mandela and conditions that was in South Afrika for Black people over there , has no I mean NO similarities. Over there blacks citizens had to even have passports for a day to go to work in the cities and they had to leave by night which is just one examples of how things were. In Turkey Kurds can go to any school, take any job even become president of Turkey, live anywhere they want, elect any official they want. in short they have every right the rest of the citizens have.

dario Kurd

6/18/2012 12:53:57 PM

john albay ANC was fighting and killing south arfrican soliders in the liberation war..so the comparison is valid especially when Ocalan is as popular as Mandela is not more amoung the Kurds.

john albay

6/17/2012 11:17:20 PM

no way this is a mass murderer and he and his pkk are still killing.

John john

6/17/2012 4:02:55 PM

A comparison should be made between Ocalan and Nelson Mandela of South Africa who fought for his people against oppression and apartheid. Madela severed in prison for decades and branded as terrorist. Later he was released and become the symbol of freedom. If Turkey wants to stop bloodshed, it would be wise to put Ocalan in house arrest. Killing or staying Ocalan in prison do not serve Turkey, but hurts it.

Murat

6/17/2012 5:41:56 AM

Yes, it is a very fair comparison. Osama and Saddam are killed but our terrorist leader is in a private fat farm. What is wrong with this picture? I am not against house arrest in principle but I can assure you it will not stop violence and it has nothing to do with "recognition" of Kurds. What does it mean anyways? What is it that they do not have that I do? I have no idea.

Diederik Den Ouden

6/16/2012 1:47:53 AM

@Uzan, your comparison of Bin laden and Ocalan is false. Do a simple comparison list and you will see that Ocalan and Bin laden are two different persons. Your anger towards Ocalan only encourages another 40.000 martyrs to be lost in this war. Is it worth not to give the Kurds/PKK the recognition they want? Giving Ocalan house arrest opens up a new road to peace! Or is that not what you want?

Turk Uzan

6/15/2012 11:34:43 PM

This is ridiculous and in no way acceptable. Why is it ok if the US kills bin laden responsible of 3000 deaths and dumps his body in the sea, but not if we kill this monster who is responsible for the death of 40 000. I will lose the little sympathy I have for the PKK if they ever do this. He should stay and rot where he is, he should be robbed of any luxury the state is already providing him. House arrest? Might as well spit in the face of the families of 40 000 people all our martyrs etc.
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