PKK won't support an independent state in North Iraq: leader

PKK leader Karayilan said that the PKK would not support an independent Kurdish state in northern Iraq, and that Turkey should remove the “Kurd card” from Europe’s hand so Europe can stop using it.

PKK won't support an independent state in North Iraq: leader

World Bulletin/News Desk

PKK leader Karayilan said that in the event of an independent Kurdish state being declared in northern Iraq, the PKK Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) would not comment, but would not support it since they are against the “nation-state.” He also said, “Turkey should remove the ‘Kurd card’ from Europe’s hand through democratization so that Europe can stop using Kurds and Turks.”

After the press conference he organized yesterday where he announced that the PKK would begin withdrawing from Turkey to the Qandil Mountains as of May 8, Karayilan spoke to reporters tonight, telling them the PKK would not support an independent state in northern Iraq.

"We are in favor of all the peoples of the Middle East living as brothers in an equal and democratic environment. This can be done through a democratic confederacy and federalism. There will be dictators in nation states.”

Turkey should remove ‘Kurd card’ from the EU
Arguing that all democratic forces in Turkey need to support the solution process between the PKK and the government, Karayilan said, “If we give everything to the AKP, the work will become more difficult. All sectors must provide support to the process.

Karayilan responded to a question regarding Europe’s support of the solution process by stating:

"It is not possible to say that Europe is sincere about the solution process. The massacre in Paris is before us.  The building in question has 3 separate entrances. We do not believe they conducted a thorough investigation. They may not want the solution process. Turkey should remove the ‘Kurd card’ from Europe’s hand through democratization so that Europe can stop using Kurds and Turks.” 

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