PKK withdrawal to start on 8 May

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Murat Karayılan

Murat Karayılan

Kurdish Communities Union (KCK) Executive Council President Murat Karayılan held a press conference today in the Kandil valley to announce details of the planned withdrawal of Kurdish PKK guerrillas from Turkey. Karayılan stated that the withdrawal will start on 8 May, noting that the PKK will respond if necessary to any offensive action by the Turkish military.

Referring to the public letters from jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan,  Karayılan announced:

“Taking this call for an instruction, our movement has decided to fulfill this call without any hesitation besides maintaining the position of the truce it announced on 23 March. It is the ultimate goal of not only ours but also of everyone siding with peace, brotherhood, democracy and freedom to accomplish this historic step which will enable a solution to the Kurdish question, bring democracy to Turkey and pave the way for peace in the Middle East”.

Karayılan outlined the following phases as requisite to the process:

“1. Our guerrilla forces will practice the withdrawal by using the routes they have been using since before now in a completely organized and disciplined way avoiding clashes.

2. The withdrawal will take place on 8 May 2013 on the basis of the ongoing preparations by our forces. The withdrawal, planned to be practiced gradually, will be aimed to be finalized in the soonest time possible.

3. Following the withdrawal, our forces will be based in Southern (Iraqi) Kurdistan. We expect relevant powers, the government of Federal Kurdistan in particular, to display an understanding concerning the official presence of guerrilla forces.

4.  It is a must for Turkish military forces to display the same sensitivity and seriousness during the withdrawal which will be stopped in the event of any kind of attack, operation and bombing to which guerrillas will respond on the basis of necessary defence.

5. The forces of the Turkish state should also avoid provocative and opportunist attitudes that may lead to any kind of military activity and clashes in Kurdistan. Apart from that, a healthy and accomplished progress in the process could be ensured by paying attention to the points we have highlighted in the letters we sent to Öcalan and are known to the state as well.

6. The monitoring of the process by independent delegations and the determination of mistaken points by both sides will also contribute to the progress of the process”.

Karayılan also outlined three phases towards a permanent solution:

“The first phase includes the already ongoing truce process and the withdrawal of guerrillas.

The second phase involves the steps the state and government will take to ensure a permanent solution to the Kurdish question. Some of the moves to be made in this phase will be the democratization of Turkey by means of reforms as a part of a constitutional solution which will create the circumstances necessary for a solution to the Kurdish question. One other step should be to deactivate all systems, such as the village-guard system and special operation teams serving the war in the country and to create an environment in accordance with the civil society perspective.

The third phase, the process of normalisation, includes the processes of a permanent peace, social conciliation, equality and freedoms. The disarmament of guerrillas will be brought to the agenda following the realization of this process which will witness the liberation of everyone, including that of Leader Öcalan”.

One Response to PKK withdrawal to start on 8 May
  1. Ari Ali
    April 25, 2013 | 22:34


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