World Bulletin / News Desk
Pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Co-chairperson Selahattin Demirtaş said on Sunday that letters from the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and Kurdish groups in Europe have been delivered to Turkish state officials to be forwarded to jailed PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan.
Speaking to reporters, Demirtaş said both the PKK and the European branch of the Kurdish movement sent their responses to a letter earlier sent by Öcalan to define the roadmap in the ongoing peace efforts aiming to find a political and peaceful solution to the decades-old Kurdish dispute.
A letter from Öcalan addressed to the commanders of the PKK bases in the Kandil Mountains in Northern Iraq was given to its addressees earlier this month.
The PKK endorses its imprisoned leader Öcalan's peace efforts with the Turkish government, a top commander said on Friday.
PKK commander Murat Karayılan sought to play down the effects of a transcript leaked to the media last month in which Öcalan suggested PKK military commanders were less than enthusiastic about his peace talks with Turkish officials.
"In all the meetings we have convened, we decided very clearly that the strategic perspective put forward by our leader is correct and that we will adhere to this," Karayılan said in a statement published on the website of the PKK-affiliated Fırat news agency (ANF).
In remarks to the ANF, Karayılan said they clarified their position in response to an earlier proposal sent by Öcalan to be discussed among PKK commanders in the Kandil Mountains, adding that the militant group shares the leader's perspective in his peace efforts to end the Kurdish dispute.
Demirtaş said the BDP expects that Öcalan will make a new statement on the ongoing process during the Kurdish Nevruz spring festival. He reiterated that the party hopes to send a new delegation, including co-chairpersons, in the shortest possible time.
The letters are expected to be delivered to İmralı Island, where Öcalan is serving a life sentence, by Friday.
As for the withdrawal of PKK forces from the country, Demirtaş said it is possible the government and Öcalan might have discussed a timeline for withdrawing militants, adding, however, that it is not logical to set a date for a withdrawal.Last Mod: 17 Mart 2013, 14:43