PKK leader says Kurdish nation will strike
Turkey if it intervenes in Syrian Kurdistan
July 27, 2012
Murat Karayilan is the acting commander of the
Turkey Kurdistan Workers' Party and chairman of the
executive council of the Kurdish Democratic
Confederation KCK. Photo: Reuters
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QANDIL MOUNTAINS, — The entire Kurdish
people will confront Turkey if it intervenes in the
Western Kurdistan (northern Syrian) internal
affairs, said the acting the acting commander of the
Turkey's Kurdistan Workers' Party PKK and the leader
of the Union of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK).
Murat Karayilan's remark to the Kurdish Hawlati
newspaper came in response to the
warning by Turkish Prime Minister
Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Turkish PM waned if necessary Turkey will attack
Syria to destroy the "terrorist" organizations of
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and its related
Democratic Union Party (PYD).
In the face of any "crazy" move by the Justice and
Development Party (AKP) of the Turkish PM for
interfering in the determination of the Kurdish
people in Western Kurdistan "the entire Kurdish
nation will confront Turkey and will mobilize
everywhere," Karayilan said.
The leader of the PKK-related organization described
Erdogan's position as "chauvinist and strongly
Erdogan described the PKK and the PYD as "terrorist…
whom we do not see as representative of the Kurdish
demands….They are trying to exploit the situation
for reaching their goals."
He added Turkey will not allow for these two parties
to control any parts in Syria.
Currently Kurds have seized the control over some
Kurdish cities in Syrian Kurdistan and are advancing
to seize more.
Over 3 million Kurds live in Syrian Kurdistan
the north bordering Turkey (northern Kurdistan) and Iraqi Kurdistan
region southern Kurdistan).
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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