Ocalan: calls for congress for new era of disarmament

Celebration this year is of great importance as letter from jailed PKK head calling for peace is read out, saying "We regard it necessary for the PKK to hold a congress to end the armed struggle against the Turkish Republic"

Ocalan: calls for congress for new era of disarmament

World Bulletin / News Desk

Thousands of people flocked to Newroz Park in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir to welcome the Day of Newroz, a spring festival which falls on March 21 each year and is celebrated mainly by the country's Kurdish population.

The celebration this year is of great importance as a letter from Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed head of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, is due to be read out. Ocalan is expected to call for peace and put forward a roadmap for the solution process. 

Hotels are completely full in the city, where thousands of Kurds from surrounding provinces as well as from major cities in western Turkey have flocked to be part of the historic event. 

Nearly a thousand journalists, about 200 hundred of whom are estimated to be from overseas, have arrived in the southeastern city, which is seen as the “political capital” of the Kurdish movement in Turkey.

The solution process officially began in 2013 in an effort to bring an end to the decades-old conflict with the PKK, which is listed by Turkey, U.S. and the European Union as a terrorist organization.

On Saturday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a written statement regarding the Newroz celebration and said it was a joint festival celebrated in a wide region across the world.

"It is the name of unity, solidarity and brotherhood," Erdogan said, wishing for the Newroz to strengthen the climate of fraternity and peace in Turkey.  


Güncelleme Tarihi: 21 Mart 2015, 14:45