Erbil, Kurdistan Region – Jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Abdullah Öcalan, said during a meeting with a delegation from the Peoples’ Democratic Party that it is time to turn the course of the Kurdish issue in Turkey, and end the conflict through democratic dialogue.
Öcalan’s statement comes after 30 years of armed struggle between the PKK and the Turkish army, pointing out that the peace process will be practically recognized through holding a democratic debate between the Kurds and the Turkish authorities.
PKK jailed leader reportedly clarified that the progress achieved by the Peoples’ Democratic Party, headed by Selahattin Demirtaş, in the recent presidential elections in Turkey, indicates that the party is able to represent Kurds in a democratic dialogue, emphasizing the party’s ability to play an important rule in the upcoming Turkish government.
Regarding the attacks launched by the Islamic State (IS), an al-Qaeda offshoot group, on the Yezidi-populated area of Shingal in Nineveh province of northern Iraq, Öcalan said: “I ask patience and fortitude for the Yezidi people, and I salute all the forces that are struggling to gain the freedom of Kurds, thanking all those who work to protect and liberate the Kurdish territory.”
The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the recent Turkish presidential election, while the candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party gained 9.8% of the vote’s proportion.
“This is an apparent progress in Turkish democracy,” Öcalan described the election process.
Noteworthy, the delegation, which met Abdullah Öcalan in Imrali Island in Marmara Sea, included representatives of each of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, Barfin Buldan and Idriss Balukn, and the member of the Turkish Parliament, Seri Surrey Onder.
Reporting by: Silava Ahmed
Source: ARA News
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