Ah­met Turk Asks Barzani to Me­di­ate Be­tween Turkey and PKK

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Kur­dish politi­cian and Mayor of Mardin has re­quested the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani to me­di­ate be­tween the Kur­dis­tan Work­ers’ Party (PKK) and Turk­ish gov­ern­ment to put an end to the es­ca­lat­ing con­flicts be­tween the sides.

Ah­met Türk re­cently told the me­dia that Barzani could bring Turkey and PKK back to the ne­go­ti­a­tion to end the vi­o­lence and re­sume the peace process once again.

Em­pha­siz­ing that co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the Kurds is a key fac­tor to ad­dress their is­sues, Türk said that the fate of all four parts of greater Kur­dis­tan is con­nected to each other.

“North­ern Kur­dis­tan [Turk­ish Kur­dis­tan] has hopes in Barzani’s role, as an in­flu­en­tial Kur­dish leader, to help them end the on­go­ing vi­o­lence [across the south eastern Kur­dish ar­eas of Turkey],” Türk stated.

He ar­gued that if Kurds in Turk­ish Kur­dis­tan con­tinue to be op­pressed, Kurds in other parts may grad­u­ally face the same fate.

BasNews pre­vi­ously re­ported that Barzani is be­ing re­quested to me­di­ate be- tween Ankara and Qandil, and he may soon visit Turkey for the same pur­pose, ac­cord­ing to Mona Qahwachi, the Head of Turk­men Bloc in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Par­lia­ment.

Ear­lier this week, Adem Gev­eri, a Kur­dish Mem­ber of the Turk­ish Par­lia­ment for the Pro-Kur­dish Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party (HDP), told BasNews that such ini­tia­tive by Barzani is highly val­ued and Ankara may ac­cept Barzani’s me­di­a­tion as Turkey and Kur­dis­tan Re­gion have strong eco­nomic and di­plo­matic ties.

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