World Bulletin/News Desk
Pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) deputy Sirri Sureyya Onder has announced that the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) members who withdraw from the country as part of the ongoing settlement process will not go back to their homes, but will be offered political training in Qandil, where most of the PKK hideouts are located in northern Iraq.
PKK militants are expected to leave Turkey as part of the ongoing talks between state officials and imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan which aim to resolve the country's long-standing conflict and Kurdish problem.
“Nobody will return to their homes, everyone will go to Qandil and receive this training. An overall democratization campaign will be launched in the country,” said Onder in a statement made during the National Sovereignty and Children's Day reception in Parliament on April 23.
At the same reception, Onder also said there will no longer be an exchange of letters between Ocalan and PKK operatives in Qandil, and that the communication will be carried out via the BDP from then on.
In the meantime, another BDP deputy, Ertugrul Kurkcu, said on Thursday that when the PKK lays down its weapons, it will become like the BDP.
Speaking to a pro-Kurdish media outlet, Kurkcu elaborated on his earlier statements, saying: “Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan sometimes does not know what is saying. He needs a psychologist.”
“Now that you launched a project for the elimination of terrorism, you say you want to eliminate the BDP. Can such a thing happen? To the contrary, the BDP is the main actor: when the PKK lays down its weapons, the PKK will be the BDP -- is there any other way to this?” he said.
“What will happen to the rest of the tens of thousands of people? They will be involved in politics,” Kurkcu said in further remarks, addressing the government.
He complained that there is still a pro-security understanding in Turkey instead of a pro-democratic and pro-freedom one, adding that even this does not overshadow the settlement process.Last Mod: 26 Nisan 2013, 10:51