PKK leader says no ceasefire with Turkey
on our agenda in Ramadan
July 20, 2012
Murat Karayilan is the acting commander of the
Kurdistan Workers' Party (Partiya Karkeren
Kurdistan - PKK) and chairman of the executive
council of the Kurdish Democratic Confederation.
QANDIL MOUNTAINS, Turkey-Iraqi Kurdistan
frontier, — Murat Karayilan, the acting
commander of the Turkey's outlawed Kurdistan
Workers' Party (PKK) and chairman of the executive
council of the Kurdish Democratic Confederation KCK
has spoken to ANF news agency about expected
ceasefire calls in the Islamic holy month, Ramadan,
and the unpermitted 14 July
Karayilan said that the AKP government has
eliminated the ground for a ceasefire in the Ramadan
month and underlined that “Those who call for a
peaceful solution to the Kurdish problem should urge
the Prime Minister to end this war because of the
fact that he is the one pursuing an unlawful policy
arresting Kurdish politicians, continuing to subject
Kurdish people to inhuman practices and refusing to
apologize for the killing of 34 Kurds in
Karayilan reminded of earlier ceasefires declared by
the PKK within the period of the AKP government and
underlined that the government has each time
continued to launch attacks and operations against
guerrilla forces despite the ceasefires. “It is our
duty to resist against the intense attack of the
government whose authorities and media is however
trying to conceal the already existing war in
Kurdistan”, added KCK Council President.
According to Karayilan “What happened on 14 July in
Diyarbakir was the practice of fascism as dozens of
people included four deputies were injured as a
result of unprecedented police attack.” The council
president underlined that Prime Minister Erdogan is
to blame for the events in Diyarbakir as he himself
put the ban on the rally.
The PKK has several times proposed peaceful solutions regarding Kurdish problem,
Turkey has always refused saying that it will not negotiate with “terrorists”.
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.
But now its aim is the creation an autonomous 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
The PKK wants constitutional recognition for the Kurds, regional
self-governance and Kurdish-language education in schools.
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
The PKK is considered as 'terrorist' organization by
Ankara, 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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