World Bulletin / News Desk
The head of the militant Kurdistan Communities' Union (KCK) Executive Council and a Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader, Murat Karayılan has said the militant network will abide by whatever decision jailed PKK chief Abdullah Öcalan makes regarding ongoing peace talks.
Karayılan, who spoke to the pro-PKK Fırat news agency, said solving the Kurdish issue has become an unavoidable imperative for Turkey. “We are not saying that our movement [PKK and KCK] is behind our leadership,” Karayılan said, referring to Öcalan. “Our movement is the movement of our leadership and it is one with the leadership.”
He said that, as part of social reconciliation, people should approach each other not with hostility but with feelings of brotherhood, adding that a perspective that perceives the coexistence of different cultures as an asset can make peace a reality.
“The Kurdish problem is the most serious issue Turkey and the region in general is dealing with. A serious and consistent political stance and political will is needed to be able to find a solution. A practical step that can actually be taken seriously so far has not been taken by the state or the government. I am not saying we can solve this entire issue all at once. We need to move forward step by step. But first, there are things the government, Parliament and the state should do. We are harboring a great sense of suspicion regarding the sincerity of the other side in this [talks] process.”
Turkish government officials have been holding regular talks on İmralı, an island south of İstanbul in the Sea of Marmara where Öcalan is serving a life sentence, with the PKK leader with the purpose of reaching a settlement that, Turkish officials insist, must start with the PKK laying down its arms.
Karayılan also expressed his opinion on a new constitution Turkey has been trying to draft and adopt for the past several years. He said the new constitution should not exclude Kurds as the current one does. “The people of Turkey need to redefine themselves as a society through a new constitutional approach that includes all segments of society that live in Turkey.”Last Mod: 18 Şubat 2013, 17:09