HIS BROTHER’S KEEPER : Mehmet Öcalan reports & interprets his Brother Abdullah after a visit on Imrali

APO: Our project on a solution conveyed to the Turkish government

ISTANBUL,  20.2.2013 – FIRAT NEWS, Agencies – MESOP – Turkey’s Kurdish region,— Mehmet Öcalan, brother of Abdullah Öcalan, jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), spoke to Dicle News Agency (DİHA) about the details of the meeting with his brother on Imralı Island on Monday.

Öcalan said that the Kurdish leader had asked him about the environment in the country and what the public opinion was about the process of talks. “I told him that 70 percent of the public opinion sided with a true and effective process of negotiations”, he said.

Mehmet Öcalan quoted the Kurdish leader saying the followings:

 “I am a prisoner and I therefore don’t have the opportunity to deal and come up with a solution with everything. Here I have had talks with intelligence officers (referring to National Intelligence Organization, MIT officers) who treat me sincerely but the truth is there are some other people and powers involved in this problem. I do not know to what extend those powers will support the process. I am making an all-out effort which will however remain limited as I can not answer all questions and undertake responsibility for everything. This wouldn’t be a true approach. I conveyed my proposals for a solution to the government through the state’s delegation, expressing what we want, what we can do and how the problem can come up with a solution. Whatever the government calls it, this the way to peace. The government will assess our proposals and make evaluations on how the Kurdish question can come up with a solution”.

The Kurdish leader- said his brother– remarked that the Kurdish question involved Qandil and Europe as well and told the followings; “Co-chairs of the BDP (Peace and Democracy Party) and DTK (Democratic Society Congress) should also join talks so that they can convey the news from Imralı to Europe as well as to Qandil which is leading the armed movement and should therefore be involved in the process. The government is creating problems over the names to take part in the BDP delegation but this is not a problem related with names. It is not true to raise an issue about who should go to Imralı and who should not. Nobody has been allowed for a visit to Imralı since the visit of Ahmet Türk and Ayla Akat who came here 40 days ago. Turkish and Kurdish peoples are one other major part of this process on the way to a solution to the Kurdish problem which is an issue of the last 100-200 years, not 30-40 years. The BDP delegation should come to Imralı and join the talks on how the process will progress. They should after that inform the public about the process, while Qandil and Europe should on the other hand put forward their opinions and proposals for a solution. We need some people to convey the news here to these circles. The Kurdish side will not close the door on a peaceful solution. If the ongoing process comes to a deadlock, both the Kurdish and Turkish sides and everybody in the region will get harmed”.

Referring to the execution of Sakine Cansız, a co-founder of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), Fidan Doğan, Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) representative in Paris, and Leyla Şaylemez, member of the Kurdish youth movement, on 9 January, Abdullah Öcalan said that:

“Judicial authorities said that the killings were perpetrated by someone from Sivas. Our people should know that these three Kurdish politicians were killed by those who brought me here. The suspect is said to have visited Turkey and Ankara ten times last year. The Turkish state and government should reveal who this person is, what he did in Ankara, what his duty was, whom he met there and who planned this attack. France, Europe, the U.S. and NATO all know what stands behind this mass killing but they do not tell the truth which should however be uncovered so that the process of talks can make a progress”.

Commenting on the recent developments in Syria, the Kurdish leader said that “I stayed for a long time in Syria which houses people from all colors, Kurds, Arabs, Armenians, Turkmens. It is yet not clear what will happen in Syria in the coming years but I call on Kurds living in Syria to give priority to joining forces in preparation for major affairs that may take place in the coming period. With respect I greet the challenging uprising of Syrian Kurds, the Iranian Kurds and all Kurdish people who took to the streets on 15 February in Turkey, Kurdistan and Europe. I convey me condolences to the family of Şahin Öner who was run over by a police panzer in Amed”.