Turkey's Kurdish Deputies travel to northern Iraq

Speaking to reporters before their departure at İstanbul's Atatürk Airport, Demirtaş said the delegation could also visit Arbil.

Turkey's Kurdish Deputies travel to northern Iraq

World Bulletin / News Desk

A delegation from the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) including the party's co-chairpersons traveled overnight to the northern Iraqi city of Suleymaniyah, arriving Thursday to meet with Kurdish officials.

BDP Co-chairpersons Selahattin Demirtaş and Gültan Kışanak, BDP Diyarbakır deputy Altan Tan and independent Kurdish deputies Aysel Tuğluk and Ahmet Türk were among the delegation that flew to Suleymaniyah to meet with Kurdish officials from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), which governs the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq.

Speaking to reporters before their departure at İstanbul's Atatürk Airport, Demirtaş said the delegation could also visit Arbil.

Asked whether the delegation would also travel to Kandil -- where the militant PKK is headquartered in northern Iraq -- to deliver a letter from Öcalan, Demirtaş said, “No, we already sent the letter.”

Reports said on Wednesday that BDP deputy Sırrı Süreyya Önder delivered Öcalan's letter on his "roadmap" for the success of the current peace talks between the government and the PKK to the militant organization in Kandil Mountains.

Demirtaş also criticized recent military operations carried out by Turkish security forces against PKK targets in the Kandil Mountains.

“It is a contradiction to talk about peace and carry out operations at the same time,” he argued.

Tan, Önder and another BDP deputy, Pervin Buldan, met with Öcalan over the weekend on İmralı Island, where he is jailed, to discuss the negotiations. At those talks, the PKK leader signaled the group may declare a cease-fire and release soldiers and state employees it is holding, according to a statement read by the politicians. Öcalan reportedly penned three letters on his "roadmap" for a solution to be delivered to the BDP, PKK commanders in Kandil and senior PKK leaders in Europe.

Last Mod: 28 Şubat 2013, 17:18
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