PKK may be asked to announce ceasefire
Turkish expert: All expect an important message from Ocalan this Newroz
Efforts continue to solve the Kurdish issue in Turkey and it is expected that detained leader of the opposition Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) Abdullah Ocalan will ask his party’s guerillas to announce ceasefire.
Mehmet Yegin, an expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in Turkey, says that government officials and Kurdish parties’ leaders are keen about the success of this project. And this has encouraged people to wait for developments with enthusiasm.
In Yegin’s opinion, Ocalan would call for ceasefire on the occasion of Newroz as part of the initiatives to solve the Kurdish issue in Turkey. Selahettin Demirtas, co-chairman of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) also indicated that PKK’s detained leader is preparing a plan within the coming 2 to 3 weeks to help this initiative succeed.
Experts believe this plan would contain a number of important points, the ceasefire announcement being one of them as well as the withdrawal of PKK guerillas from Turkey’s borders before summer.
The Turkish government, in return, should take further steps in granting more rights to the Kurds in Turkey including allowing a sort of autonomy administration in the Kurdish areas.
The Turkish NTV channel has stated that Ocalan’s plan constitutes of 3 phases, starting with the ceasefire by the PKK, followed by the disarmament of the PKK guerillas. The third phase would be implementing radical political and legal reforms by the government, the goal of which is granting the rights of the Kurds.
NTV also argued that with the implementation of this plan, PKK would disarm, and most of its guerillas would go back to their homes in Turkey and join their families.
Demirtas stated that they are expecting some developments to be achieved in this regards before Newros, which is March 21st.
Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay, on the other hand, announced that his government is working on a legislative project that is aimed at removing obstacles on the freedom of speech and opinion.
Implementation of such a project would result in freeing hundreds of detained Kurdish activists that have been arrested during the past two years and are now in the government’s jails.
Turkish Prime Minsiter Recep Teyyib Erdogan stated that his government would look at all ways that could lead to a solution for the Kurdish issue in his country. ‘War is easy, but bringing peace process to success is difficult,” stated PM Erdogan. “We are ready to take the difficult paths to make this peace process succeed.”
PKK guerrillas singing PKK songs as they hide in the mountains above their camp on the Kurdish-Turkish borders in this file photos of 2006.