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 PKK leader says no ceasefire with Turkey on our agenda in Ramadan

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PKK leader says no ceasefire with Turkey on our agenda in Ramadan  20.7.2012  

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. Photo: UKS
July 20, 2012

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 rally in Diyarbakir.

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 of isolation,www.ekurd.net arresting Kurdish politicians, continuing to subject Kurdish people to inhuman practices and refusing to apologize for the killing of 34 Kurds in Roboski massacre.”

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 rebels.

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 expectations.

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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