Kurdish politicians: We saw PKK guerrillas
in Şemdinli, not Turkish security forces
August 19, 2012
BDP-DTK delegation carried out a survey in Semdinli
area in Turkey's Kurdistan region. Photo: ANF
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ŞEMDINLI, Turkey's Kurdish
region,— The Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) and DTK
(Democratic Society Congress) delegation encountered
a road control by the Kurdistan Wrokers' Party (PKK)
guerrillas in Bağlar village of Şemdinli in the
Kurdish region in southeastern Turkey on Saturday.
Speaking to ANF after the delegation finished its
survey in the region, BDP co-chair Gülten Kışanak
said that they didn’t come across any security
forces in the region they examined.
“We came across guerrilla forces on the way back
from the villages we visited but there were no
security forces in the region except for a military
point on the way out of Şemdinli province. A large
number of cultivated areas and yards were completely
burnt out in the villages where people say they are
deliberatively targeted by the bombardment of
security forces”, said Kışanak.
BDP Mersin MP Ertuğrul Kürkçü also called attention
to the lack of presence of Turkish security forces
in the region and said on the basis of the
information they provided from a village headman
that seven out of ten villages in the area have been
evacuated because of the clashes.
Especially children have been greatly affected by
the bombardment but people don’t want to leave their
Kürkçü underlined and added that; “The people we
talked to told us that a colonel warned them to
leave the region for safety and that none of the
authorities has taken a step to ensure their
Kürkçü also gave information about their
encountering guerrillas at a road control point;
“The group of guerrillas we came across made
propaganda for their purpose and said they fight for
the freedom and democratization of all peoples in
Turkey and the Middle East.”
The Turkish army bombardment and clashes are still
going on in Şemdinli (Şemzinan) town of Hakkari
province where HPG (People’s Defense Forces), the
military wing of PKK rebels have gained dominance
since 23 July.
Clashes broke out once again Thursday evening
between Kurdish guerrillas and Turkish soldiers in
Beresela region near the villages of Bağlar and
Tütünlü. The Goman mountain and rural areas of
villages of Rüzgarlı (Rubunus), Yiğitler (Nérkule)
ve Bağlar(Nehri) were bombed for a long time by
Turkish helicopters in the scope of the most recent
operation by the army.
On the other hand, one special operation police
officer was wounded as a result of an explosion in
the garden of the government office in Şemdinli on
Kurdish guerrillas in the region set up control
points and conducted road-side searches on Thursday
and also informed the people about what is going on
in the area.
The Turkish army operation in the area was claimed
to have been halted early this week but the reports
of ongoing clashes and the military activity confirm
that Turkish authorities continue to hide the truth
from public as to what is going on in the region for
the last three weeks.
The operation in the area has also started fires in
many forested lands in the region where residents
have been forced to leave their villages and all
properties in the face of intense Turkish bombings
which have been targeting villages as well.
Thousands of animals have also been left to their
fate in abandoned villages.
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 ass '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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