PKK may be asked to an­nounce cease­fire

Turk­ish ex­pert: All ex­pect an im­por­tant mes­sage from Ocalan this Newroz

The Kurdish Globe - - NATIONAL -

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.

PKK de­mil­i­ta­riza­tion

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.

Government ini­tia­tives

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.

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