Paris assassinations: the question of PKK and Turkey incarcerate Kurdish national sovereignty
It has become a norm with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) that whenever the organization has entered any kinds of negotiation or discussion with respective Turkish governments for a so called peaceful solution to the Kurdish question, a shocking provocation takes place and hinders the whole process.
The history of the organization is full of dark and mysterious provocations. The latest one is the killing of three PKK affiliated female militants in Paris. A founding member of the PKK and two other Kurdish women activists were shot dead in Paris in executionstyle killings that could complicate renewed talks to end the three-decade war between Turkey and the PKK.
French law-enforcement authorities stated that the victims were shot at close range last Wednesday afternoon in killings that bore the hallmarks of a targeted assassination. The killings come in the midst of optimism in Turkey over talks that began in December between the Turkish intelligence agency known as MIT and PKK>s imprisoned leader, Abdullah Ocalan, who is serving a life sentence for treason in an island prison (Imrali) in the sea of Marmara, just off the Turkish coast.
The Paris assassinations are most probably an attempt to hamper the ongoing negotiations for a peaceful settlement of the Kurdish question. But it also indicates the character of PKK and its dark relations. The fact that the organization has imbued with so many provocations for all those years shows that it does not have an independent identity and program but rather it is an organization infiltrated with various regional forces for their regional operation.
The PKK and its affiliated arms such as PJAK in Iran and PYD in Syria represent an anomaly within Kurdish national interests. These organizations do not serve the general interests of the Kurdish nation nor are they concerned with the democratic national rights of the nation. Because of this character of theirs they are open to manipulations and provocations by regional forces.
Whether the Paris assassinations can hinder the ongoing negotiations between Ocalan and MIT remains to be seen. There are too many sides and circles that are not happy to see a peaceful solution between Turkey and PKK. It is not a secret that the Kemalist wing within the Turkish establishment does want a peaceful solution of the Kurdish question and is not happy to see changes in the status quo of the Middle East. The struggle, between the Kemalist wing and the AKP led Islamic colored Anatolian bourgeoisie, for power and privileges has used the Kurdish issue for their own interests.
While the AKP attempts to resolve the issue within the framework of individual and cultural question by accommodating the Kurdish identity within a narrow minority rights, the Kemalist elite insist in their decades old policy of assimilation. While the AKP tries to establish a new identity under the banner of <Turkiyeli olmak> (to be citizen of Turkey) the Kemalist insist on the identity of Turkish. The recent open negotiations between MIT and Ocalan are an indication that the PKK is distancing itself from the Kemalist and convinced into the orbit of AKP policy.
Certain section within the PKK under the influence of Iran and Syria will resist a peaceful solution between the PKK and Turkey. These two regional powers have their own interests to use PKK as an instrument in their regional power struggle. It is not farfetched to foresee a further intensification of the power struggle within the Turkish establishment, within the PKK and between regional powers.
As per above it is mentioned that the ongoing negotiations is aims to resolve the question between Turkey and the PKK and not between Turkey and Kurdish national question. PKK does not represent the Kurdish national movement or Kurdish nation. The so called the Kurdish question is in fact is a Kurdish national question, in other words it is a question of national sovereignty, territory and self-determination.
It is not a cultural and individual question related to democracy. Democratization of Turkey, Iran, Syria or Iran cannot resolve the Kurdish national question. A proper solution to the Kurdish national question must address and recognize national sovereignty of the Kurds over their territory (Kurdistan) and natural resources within the framework of self-determination.
A solution of the question between the PKK and Turkey nonetheless will be a useful beginning for the demarcation of those who reduces the Kurdish national question to minority question and those who pursue a national policy.
In any case, the Paris assassinations implies that even a peaceful solution between the PKK and Turkey is not an easy process because both sides have dark and secretive relations in a very dirty and complicated background.
Angry demonstrators raise portrait of one of the founding members of the PKK, Sakine Cansiz, who was assasinated in Paris earler this month.