Outlawed PKK leader stresses importance of solution process

The jailed Kurdish separatist leader said on Tuesday the peace process with the Turkish government had entered a new phase since Oct. 15 and he was upbeat over the chances of success.

Outlawed PKK leader stresses importance of solution process

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkey's ‘solution process’ passed a new stage on October 15 and has progressed in a practical manner with a sense of hope, the outlawed PKK's leader said on Tuesday.

The ‘solution process’ is an effort launched early last year by the Turkish government to secure an end to the decades-long conflict with the terrorist group the PKK, which has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people.

A parliamentary delegation from the left-wing and pro-Kurdish Turkey's Peoples' Democratic Party -- referred to by its acronym, HDP -- visited the jailed leader of the terrorist organization, Abdullah Ocalan, on Tuesday.

Abdullah Ocalan, founding member of the organization known by Turkey, EU and the U.S. as a terrorist organization, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), has been imprisoned on Imrali Island in the Marmara Sea, since his capture in Nairobi by Turkish security forces in 1999.

According to the statement released by the HDP, Ocalan emphasized that the government’s ‘solution process’ and Board of Wise Men meetings, which were held last week, mean that 'the solution process' has entered a new and hopeful phase.

"All kinds of looting, raids, vandalism, violence, extortion and murders were committed while we were hopeful about a brand new and positive atmosphere; where the solution process would gain momentum on a legal basis with the consensus achieved so far -- steered by the Council of Ministers," Turkey’s Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said during the Board of Wise Men meeting.

Referring to Davutoglu's speech, Ocalan said: “Both sides should build their relations on a solid and secure ground.”

“It is our duty and historical responsibility to our people to take practical measures for resurrecting hope without losing any time,” he continued.

“The demands and results of the Board of Wise Men and Second Peace Conference in Ankara’s meetings are extremely important and meaningful to me,” he added.

The 63-member Wise Men committee includes writers, columnists and academics, actors and actresses in addition to many other figures with differing political views and different religions and ethnic backgrounds.

Last year, the board took to the road with the aim of assessing public opinion on the settlement of the Kurdish issue.

Ocalan underlined that all sides must contribute in a constructive manner and act accordingly.

The jailed leader also mentioned the killing of two police officers in Turkey's eastern Bingol province and said that: “During this period, the forces who want to sabotage the peace process were seeking opportunities to transform the process into a conflict.”

“The authorities need to develop preventive mechanisms to stop such provocations.”

Two police officers were killed and two were injured by terrorist gunfire on October 9.

The statement concluded with Ocalan extending his greetings to the people of Kobani, saying that “they show the true meaning of solidarity and human dignity to the world.”

Ocalan's appeal for calm had failed to convince some militants, who attacked and killed police officers in Bingol province, while a PKK commander, Cemil Bayik, made clear in uncompromising language that he held ruling AK Party responsible for Kobani and the unrest in southeast Turkey.

On Tuesday, Ocalan called for faith in the peace process from the Kurdish community as well as bolder political moves.

"What we need here is trust for peace and democracy, a clearer will and bolder political moves...As the people of this land, it is our historical debt not to distract from our own solution," he said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Ekim 2014, 11:58

Muhammed Öylek