17/06/2016 - 14:11 0
No Peace Talks Until Kurds Recognised: KCK

The Kurdistan Communities' Union (KCK) Executive Council Co-Presidency has refuted Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım's claim that they had "conveyed messages for talks to resume," with the Turkish Justice Development Party government.

The umbrella organisation of the Kurdish Movement, the KCK, has released a statement saying that the Turkish government was trying to project strength under the pretense that it has not been shaken by Kurdish resistance, and that it has defeated the PKK, which therefore wants resume talks.

The statement read; "Public opinion and our people should know that we have nothing to talk with a government that aims to establish a hegemonic and fascist order by crushing the Kurdish people's freedom struggle and democracy forces.”

The KCK statement emphasised that the Kurdish question could only be negotiated and resolved with a government bearing a democratic mindset which the AKP government lacks, adding; "It is not possible to reach a solution that is based on democratisation unless the genocidal mentality of the Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan is defeated."

The statement also stressed the impossibility of overcoming existing problems by means of talks with a government that reinitiated war after rejecting the Dolmabahçe Agreement prepared by Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan.

"It goes without doubt that Leader Apo (Öcalan) and the Kurdish Freedom Movement chose the path of a political resolution, and made every sacrifice for its success. However, the AKP government, lacking the mindset and policy for a resolution, instrumentalised these talks and Leader Apo's efforts, and used them in order to strengthen its hegemony. By refusing to resolve the Kurdish question and instrumentalising efforts for peace, the AKP government has committed a severe crime against the peoples of Turkey. Currently there exists a political oligarchy that must be tried and punished for deceiving the people and dragging Turkey into a conflict environment."

The KCK Executive Council Co-Presidency said that the AKP government had lacked a resolution policy for the Kurdish question and for this reason reinitiated the "war of elimination" against the Kurdish Freedom Movement that had grown stronger both inside and outside Turkey.

"This is the reason why Kurdish cities have been torn down, and why Turkish officials pledge to keep these attacks going until the will of the Kurdish people is broken and cowed into submission. The enmity towards the Rojava Revolution, and the fascist attacks targeting the Kurdish people and democracy forces are the most concrete expression of this truth."

The KCK also rejected a return to the solution process; "the Kurdish Freedom Movement will not return to talks with any political power unless Kurdish existence is clearly recognised [constitutionally] and the free and democratic life of Kurds is accepted within the scope of Turkey's democratisation. We will not allow for another process that diverts and deludes the people," the statement said.

"The AKP government's fascism, desperate in both domestic and foreign policy now, is making an effort to create a perception that the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) is requesting to have talks with the Turkish state because it has lost strength. This effort aims to weaken the approach and struggle of democratic forces both inside and outside the country against the AKP government."

The resolution process of the 'Kurdish question' broke down in April 2015 when Turkish President Erdoğan, seeing that the government was losing support in the run-up to election, refused to recognise the 10-point plan (Dolmabahçe Agreement) decided on by the Kurdish Movement and Turkish government.

Commentators also cited the Rojava Revolution and Turkey's refusal to recognise the autonomous region in Northern Syria, as being another important stumbling block to peace talks.

Source: ANF