MESOP NEWS : APO IN GOOD HEALTH – This is a war no side can win: Ocalan

The imprisoned leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Abdullah Ocalan, is “in good health” and has called for an end to the Kurdish conflict, his brother said on Sept. 12 after visiting him in jail.  “He is in good health,” Mehmet Ocalan said in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir in southeast Turkey, a day after meeting his brother on the Imrali prison island near Istanbul.

The visit came amid concerns over the health of the leader of the PKK, considered a terrorist group by Turkey, EU and the United States. According to Hurriyet daily the meeting was the first family visit Ocalan has been allowed since Oct. 6, 2014. He last met with a delegation from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in April 2015.

 “He has no problems but projects,” Ocalan’s brother said. “He said if the state is ready for the projects, we can implement them in six months.” Mehmet Ocalan did not give any details of what these projects might be. But he quoted his brother as saying in a message: “This is a war no side can win. It has been ongoing for 30-40 years, it may go on. The Turkish government granted permission for the family visit before the Muslim holiday of Eid Al-Adha. A group of 50 people, who demanded to hear from Ocalan, announced on Sept. 12 they were ending their action on the eighth day.