FIRAT NEWS 1.3.2013 – SULÊMANÎ: Turkey’s Pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Congress (DTK) co-chairs Ahmet Türk and Aysel Tuğluk, Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and BDP deputies Altan Tan and Sırrı Süreyya Önder are establishing contacts in the city of Sulaimaniyah in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region.
The delegation is expected to go to Qandil mountains in a couple of days to deliver the letter sent by Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Öcalan jailed in Imralı prison.
DTK co-chair Ahmet Türk and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Central Committee Member Mele Bextiyar held a joint press conference after a meeting between the BDP delegation and PUK executives on Thursday. Speaking here, Bextiyar pointed out that PUK has been supporting the ceasefire and peace attempts the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) has made since 1993, adding; “We believe a mutual ceasefire should be declared in the current process. Concerning the peace process initiated in Imralı prison, we call on politicians from South Kurdistan to support this call of ours and to give Turkish state a message of strong unity among Kurds”.
Speaking after, Ahmet Türk said that they will continue establishing contacts with political circles in South Kurdistan ( Iraqi Kurdistan) to take their opinion about BDP’s intention to involve all Kurds in the current process for a solution to the Kurdish question.
Türk called attention to the ongoing aerial assaults targeting Media Defense Areas and South Kurdistan, saying; “The intense bombardment in Qandil in the ongoing process of talks weakens Kurdish people’s trust in peace process”. Asked about PKK’s alleged plans for laying down arms, Türk said that disarmament should be the last issue to debate in the process of dialogue. “There is a primary need to develop a peaceful atmosphere for the solution of the Kurdish question. There is also a need for a mutual ceasefire. We think politicians in South Kurdistan are also of the same opinion”.