Öcalan demands PKK and Turkey to stop the fighting, return to the table of negotiations

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PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan. File photo

ARA News

Urfa, Turkey – Abdullah Öcalan, the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), condemned in a letter from his prison in Imrali Island in Turkey the resume of violence between the Turkish army and PKK fighters, calling on both sides to stop the fighting and “return immediately to the table of negotiations”.   

In a letter published by the Civil Peace Department which supervises the Turkish-Kurdish peace process, Öcalan said: “Our (PKK) fighters, leaders of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and the Turkish government’s officials failed to administer and commit themselves to the peace negotiations.” 

Öcalan demanded an immediate ceasefire between the PKK fighters and Turkish army forces. 

“I hereby call on everyone to return to the table of negotiations and set a timeline in order to speed the solution and stop the bloodshed,” the jailed PKK leader said. 

Meanwhile, the Turkish authorities reportedly informed Öcalan of the difficulty of stopping the military operations led by the Turkish army against the Kurdish fighters “before the PKK guerrillas retreat completely from the Turkish territory.”

On the other hand, the PKK’s General Command demanded the Turkish authorities to allow a delegation from the HDP to visit Öcalan in Imrali prison.  

Turkish security prevented the HDP officials from visiting Öcalan in prison since the resume of violence between Turkey and the PKK. 

Head of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtaş, demanded the United Nations to intervene and stop the Turkish violations against Kurdish people in Turkey, as dozens of Kurdish civil activists have been arrested by the Turkish police over the past two weeks on charges of terrorism. 

In a visit to Brussels earlier this week, Demirtaş called on the international community to put pressure on Turkey to stop its airstrikes on PKK camps in northern Iraq, and to return to negotiations in order to proceed with the peace project. 

Reporting by: Jan Nasro

Source: ARA News 

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