BDP receives Kandil’s response to Öcalan letter
ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
BDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş (R), BDP Istanbul Deputy Sırrı Süreyya Önder (C) and BDP group deputy head Pervin Buldan return after visiting Abdullah Öcalan on İmralı island. AA Photo
The outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party’s (PKK) armed leadership in the Kandil Mountains of northern Iraq has conveyed its response to a letter from the imprisoned leader of the PKK, Abdullah Öcalan, regarding the ongoing efforts to find a solution to the Kurdish issue.
Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş and BDP Istanbul deputy Sırrı Süreyya Önder went to Kandil today to receive Kandil’s response to Öcalan’s most recent letter, according to Fırat news agency, which is known to have close links to the PKK.
BDP deputies have completed four visits to the imprisoned leader of the PKK and delivered letters by Öcalan to the outlawed group members in Europe and Iraq.
The “İmralı process” or “peace process” refers to the recently launched talks between officials and Öcalan, aimed at convincing PKK militants to lay down their arms and withdraw from Turkish soil.
In his message read at the Nevruz celebrations of March 21, Öcalan called on PKK militants to leave Turkish soil and prepare for a new era to continue the struggle without arms.