POLITICS > PKK chief Öcalan’s 'historic call' to be released on Nevruz


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Abdullah Öcalan, the jailed leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), has said he will make a “historic call” on March 21, Nevruz, which aims to completely democratize Turkey while urging Parliament to work toward ensuring there is permanent peace in the country.

 “The current resolution process is proceeding on a positive course. Our aim is the democratization of all of Turkey. Our efforts are for this aim. Within a framework which would serve that aim, I’m carrying on my work in order to make a call for the March 21 Nevruz celebration,” Öcalan said in a message read out by Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş yesterday following a third parliamentarian visit to İmralı island as part of the peace process.

“The declaration that I will prepare will be a historic call. This call will include satisfactory information about all military and political legs of the resolution. I also want to resolve the issue of arms rapidly and without the loss of even one life,” Öcalan said.

“I find the support which will be introduced by the Parliament which represents the supreme will [of the people] and by political parties very valuable. I hope that Parliament will do its part in line with the historical mission on its shoulders with the same rapidness for the rapid realization of the withdrawal [of PKK militants] and for having permanent peace,” he said, concluding his message by expressing his hopes about informing the public about the process in more detail as long as it proceeds.

Öcalan’s message came a day after Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin announced that the government could consider allowing Parliament to become involved in the peace process in the interests of securing PKK militants’ withdrawal from Turkish territories.

“If this withdrawal takes place, if these terrorists drop their arms and leave these territories and if there is a need for a legal act to make it [possible], then we could bring it to Parliament,” Ergin said in a televised interview on March 17.

The PKK leader is expected to make a call for a long-term cease-fire to the PKK during Nevruz celebrations on March 21, but many observers have suggested managing the withdrawal of thousands of armed PKK militants from Turkey to northern Iraq – a move that would eventually mean the end of the armed struggle – will be more important and difficult than declaring a cease-fire.

Öcalan and the PKK’s leaders in northern Iraq had previously voiced their concerns about the withdrawal and demanded the establishment of a parliamentary commission to observe this process.

A delegation of BDP lawmakers, consisting of BDP deputy parliamentary group chair Pervin Buldan and BDP İstanbul deputy Sırrı Süreyya Önder, along with Demirtaş, traveled to İmralı early yesterday.

Demirtaş did not respond to journalists’ questions after reading out the PKK leader’s message in the afternoon at Istanbul’s Ataköy Marina.

The BDP does not yet have the text of Öcalan’s “historic call” since it has not yet been finalized, meaning that it is possible that National Intelligence Organization (MİT) officials will deliver the call to BDP executives when it is ready.

Letters sent last month by Öcalan to the BDP, the PKK headquarters in northern Iraq’s Kandil Mountains and the PKK’s European wing were also assumed to have been conveyed by MİT. Öcalan reportedly shared his road map for a resolution in the letters.

Responses by all three addressees to his identical letters were expected to be handed over to Öcalan before his meeting with the BDP delegation yesterday, as Demirtaş announced March 16 that they had received the responses from Kandil and Europe.


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3/19/2013 5:49:37 PM

Mandela? What ignorance, really! What an insult to all true statesmen and freedom fighters. By the way, I am not against having this thug involved in the process if it is going to lead anywhere, none at all. I reserve the right to hold my nose though. Credit goes to AKP (whaterver their deal is) in this, not to the Marxist-Lenninst leader of the gang of drug smugglers and extortion cartel.

mara mcglothin

3/19/2013 4:14:16 PM

NAGEYEC Mandela is a completely different story, closer to the imprisoned Generals and journalists, rather than like APO. He is responsible for the deaths of many. Don't get it twisted.


3/19/2013 4:09:33 PM

@ Nageyec Conduz: Mandela was not responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent people. What an insulting comparison. Furthermore, negotiating with this actual terrorist should be on the same level as treason! As for those talking about a kurdistan, this will never happen in Turkiye, The people who think this obviously don't know Turkiye and the Turks, nor our History. By all means everyone is welcome, however, Turkiye belongs to the Turks. You want a kurdistan, go to Iran!!


3/19/2013 3:58:41 PM

I THİNK EVERYBODY HAVE RESPOSİBLE ABAUT THAT ISSUE, ALSO PEACE PROCESs so please do your best. do not be seperat until that process will be and. ı wish this process should result in peace

Nageyec Conduz

3/19/2013 11:10:51 AM

@Murat, for your information, over 40,000 people lost their lives in this conflict. Sadly, if the violences continue, the number of deaths will also continue to go up too. Common sense will eventually dictate that the solution is to be found. Thus, if Ocolan can bring lasting solution, he will by all means be invited to the table. Remember Nelson Mandela, he was in Robin island prison for 27 years. For what? for leading the ANC. In the end he became president of South Africa.


3/19/2013 10:17:30 AM

If it brings peace and harmony everybody is a Messiah - Perhaps he has realised that the time for PKK is over! 30 years on still they have not achieved anything that could not be achieve in peaceful terms so what a waste of time struggle and of killing of thousands people in the process. We should be commending the Turkish PM and the AKP government for this....initiating peace, among Turkish & Kurdish brothers. The AKP has changed Turkey’s fortunes around for the better...

Engin Atik

3/19/2013 3:21:27 AM

A stalinist jailbird's call is pretty much like a parrot's call; we might expect number of "hello"s and "I love you"s and some heavy insults.

Hama Rahim

3/19/2013 12:36:42 AM

Get ready for a sovereign, federal and independent state of Kurdistan!


3/18/2013 11:58:25 PM

Nevertheless, Murat, he can play an important role in the peace process. Whether we like it or not, he still commands respect in some parts of the Kurdish society and in the PKK itself. We should give peace a chance.


3/18/2013 6:13:28 PM

One would think he is the second coming of Messiah, not the jailed and caged Kurdish Osama, the baby killer. He is the one who is going to make Turkey a real democracy! He was just waiting all these years for the moons and stars to align so he could call for peace. It was killing and dying time before this apparently. This is what I call divine comedy or is it an orta oyun?
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