Jailed PKK leader calls to set up Kurdish National Congress

Abdullah Ocalan called for a Kurdish National Congress immediately, pointing out the security crisis around Turkey's south-eastern border.

Jailed PKK leader calls to set up Kurdish National Congress

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey's jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan has indicated that he believes it is time to establish a Kurdish National Congress to ensure Kurdish unity.

The call comes after the independent lawmaker of Turkey's mainly Kurdish south-eastern city of Diyarbakir Leyla Zana and pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party's (HDP) Istanbul lawmaker Sirri Sureyya visited the jailed PKK leader Ocalan at his high security prison on Imrali island.

In a statement issued by the HDP after the meeting, it was said that Ocalan had called for a Kurdish National Congress immediately, pointing out the security crisis around Turkey's south-eastern border, particularly in the region he refers to as 'South Kurdistan', otherwise known as the Rojava region in northern Syria.

The Kurds of northern Syria, who have declared the autonomy of three cantons amid the wşthdrawal of Syrian regime forces from the region, are often engaged in battle with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) - an Al Qaeda breakaway group that is attempting to create a state across the Sunni regions of Iraq and much of northern Syria.

Last Mod: 11 Temmuz 2014, 12:43
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