PKK's withdrawal decision a historical process: BDP

Pro-Kurdish BDP executive Buldan said the real process would begin after the withdrawal.

PKK's withdrawal decision a historical process: BDP

World Bulletin/News Desk

Peace & Democracy Party (BDP) executive Pervin Buldan defined the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) organization's decision to withdraw from Turkey as a historical development and process.

BDP's group acting chairperson Buldan told Turkish press on Thursday that the real process would begin after the PKK's withdrawal.

Murat Karayilan, one of the heads of PKK, said on Thursday that PKK militants were set to begin withdrawing from Turkey on May 8. The withdrawal announcement follows a call by PKK's jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan for ceasefire as part of talks with Turkish intelligence officials to end nearly three decades of armed conflict that killed tens of thousands of people.

Buldan said that Turkey was passing through a historical phase, adding that it was a process of expectation and hope in the aspects of Kurds.

“We are hopeful about such a process, and it is important for us to evolve this matter into a peace process,” said Buldan, and added she did not think a negative situation would occur during withdrawal.

In his statement, Karayilan said the withdrawal of PKK militants was the first phase of solution process, adding that the second phase would include constitutional reforms and the third would be the phase of "normalization." 

Last Mod: 26 Nisan 2013, 11:21
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