Kurpress – 31-1-2014 – Demirtas asks Barzani to back Syria and Turkey Kurds – Selahattin Demirtas, co-leader of Turkey pro- Kurdish peace and Democracy Party (BDP), said Syria and Turkey Kurds expect Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani to support them.
Barzani has always praised Turkey and we have never heard him blaming the state, Demirtas added, stressing that Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) should respect the will of the Kurds and help easing peace talks between Ankara and the Kurdistan workers’ Party (PKK).
Layla Zana is a symbol
Demirtas further hailed the role of Diyarbakir independent Deputy Layla Zana in peace negotiations between Ankara and the PKK and stated she is a symbol who has devoted her whole life to Kurdish problem in Turkey. He added talks are underway between Barzani- led Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Syria pro- Kurdish Democratic Party (PYD) in light of Zana efforts. “If we cannot say the disputes have ended, we can claim the situation is not as it used to be,” he added. Demirtas also asked Turkey to legalize the negotiation and take concrete steps in the regard.