World Bulletin / News Desk
Pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Co-chairperson Gülten Kışanak has said her party will do everything to expand popular support for the settlement process so that it is worthy of jailed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan's involvement.
Speaking on Sunday at the second ordinary congress of the BDP women's branch, held at the Ahmet Tınar Kışlalı Sports Hall in Ankara, Kışanak said: “It is very important to take up this settlement process started by Öcalan. We will lead this struggle to a victory. We will expand support for this settlement process to deserve Öcalan, who initiated this process for humanity.”
In a bid to resolve the country's decades-old terrorism problem, at the end of last year the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government launched negotiations with Öcalan, who is incarcerated on İmralı Island in the Sea of Marmara. In past months, Öcalan, who despite his 14 years in prison still wields enormous clout over PKK terrorists as well as millions of nationalist Kurds in Turkey, called on PKK terrorists to lay down their arms and leave Turkey.
In response to Öcalan's call, the PKK announced on Thursday that the withdrawal of its armed members from Turkey will begin on May 8.