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 Iraq's Kurdistan president in communication with PKK to end armed action against Turkey

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Iraq's Kurdistan president in communication with PKK to end armed action against Turkey  29.6.2012  






Massoud Barzani, the president of Iraq's Kurdistan Region (R) receives Kemal Burkay, writer and former chairman of the Kurdistan Socialist Party. Erbil, Kurdistan region, Iraq. Photo KRP See Related Links
June 29, 2012

ERBIL-Hewlęr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — The President of Kurdistan Region Massoud Barzani is communication with the leaders of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in an attempt to end the group’s armed struggle, a Kurdish writer and former politician has told Anatolia News Agency.

Kemal Burkay, writer and former chairman of the Kurdistan Socialist Party, was in Kurdistan Region last week where he met with Mr Barzani and discussed regional issues particularly the PKK.

Burkay returned from Sweden to Turkey in July last year to contribute to the peace efforts and solutions to the Kurdish issue.

The efforts of Barzani come after fighting escalated recently between the Turkish military and the PKK rebels when the PKK attacked Turkish outposts and killed 8 soldiers and injured 18 others.

Turkish warplanes twice bombed PKK bases in the border region Qandil Mountain in northern Kurdistan Region of Iraq following the attack.

Since it was established in 1984, the PKK has been fighting the Turkish state, which still denies the constitutional existence of Kurds, to establish a Kurdish state in the south east of the country, sparking a conflict that has claimed some 45,000 lives.

But now its aim is the creation an autonomous Kurdish region and more cultural rights for ethnic Kurds who constitute the greatest minority in Turkey, numbering more than 20 million. A large Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.

PKK's demands included releasing PKK detainees, lifting the ban on education in Kurdish, paving the way for an autonomous democrat Kurdish system within Turkey, reducing pressure on the detained PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, stopping military action against the Kurdish party and recomposing the Turkish constitution.

Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population as a distinct minority. It has allowed some cultural rights such as limited broadcasts in the Kurdish language and private Kurdish language courses with the prodding of the European Union, but Kurdish politicians say the measures fall short of their expectations.

The PKK is considered as 'terrorist' organization by Ankara and U.S. The PKK continues to be on the blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which overturned a decision to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its political wing on the European Union's terror list. 

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