Ceasefire is in accordance with Ocalan’s message

Reminding the fact that Kurdish problem is one of the crucial problems in the Middle East which needs an urgent solution Karayilan said: “In the current situation and the phase we need to reach serious conclusions and seek a drastic solution. We consider that peace and solution are closer than ever, as the historical, political and social conditions are requiring a solution for the problem and the duty falls on our shoulders. Our movement have being putting a great effort to solve the problem since the very beginning. It is a well known fact that our leadership Abdullah Ocalan has been working for a peaceful and democratic solution for 18 years. In that regard our leadership has played a crucial role in the process of taking the decision we are to declare today. He sent a message to the Executive Committee of KCK in order to extend the ceasefire.”

One-sided efforts do not suffice for the solution

Karayilan further stated that the Turkish government have failed to take necessary steps on the way to the peace and since the declaration of the ceasefire on 13 August several provocative incidents took palace, the attack is Peyanis village of Hakkari is to be one of them. “We extended our unilateral ceasefire which was supposed to end on the 20 September. We were willing to continue this ceasefire period in order to provide a suitable atmosphere to develop mutual trust and turn the period into a permanent ceasefire. However, we are concerned about the sincerity of the AKP government who has been holding security submits together with USA and Iraq and issue permissions for cross-border operations in order to purge our movement. Moreover, the language and the psychological war conducted by the government are confirming our concerns.”

The ceasefire is to be reviewed in a month

Karayilan continued: “We need to observe whether the dialog started with our leadership will reach any conclusions. Therefore, we find it necessary to review our ceasefire decision in a month which we re willing to turn into a permanent ceasefire. If a mutual trust atmosphere is created then the ceasefire will turn into indefinite. Otherwise, we will need to evaluate the situation. ”

Conditions for ceasefire

Declaring that the guerrillas will not conduct any operations other than routine and necessary activities Karayilan added: “The guerrillas will use their right to defence themselves and reprisal if the face any threats and attacks. Self-defence will be the basis of this period for our forces.”

Karayilan also enumerated the conditions for turning the ceasefire into indefinite. The conditions follow:

– Ending military operations against guerrilla bases. Military operations will per se make the period lose its meaning.

– Ending political operations against the Kurdish people in social, political and cultural fields. As these operations will provoke the period the Turkish state should remain reluctant no to resort pressure, violence and arbitrary arrests against the Kurds.

– Preparing a democratic constitution. As a democratic constitution is vital for the solution it cannot be delayed any more. Therefore, there should be concrete steps taken for the democratisation of Turkey.

– Deepening the dialog and negotiations with Abdullah Ocalan. Negotiating with the leader Kurdish leader Ocalan is a must to be able to continue the period. While the general situation and security aspects can be negotiated with leader Ocalan, democratic rights and a new constitution aspect can be negotiated with the legitimate representatives of the Kurdish people DTK and BDP.

Karayilan concluded: “The interlocutor for the problem is clear: The leader of the Kurdish people Abdullah Ocalan and the solution is a Democratic Republic and Autonomous Kurdistan.”

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«El tiempo corre a nuestro favor, seguir acumulando fuerzas es lo importante»

Arnaldo OTEGI I

Desde la última entrevista concedida por Otegi han pasado muchas cosas en Euskal Herria hasta llegar al vuelco del 22-M. Sin embargo, el escenario sigue sin normalizarse, y la mejor prueba es que en ocho días se sentará de nuevo en el banquillo de la Audiencia Nacional junto a siete compañeros. Otegi remarca que la nueva estrategia de la izquierda abertzale ha sintonizado con el pueblo y está logrando grandes avances, pero aboga por «seguir sumando fuerzas, en términos tácticos y estratégicos».

Hace apenas un mes el mapa institucional vasco experimentó un gran vuelco tras la irrupción de Bildu como fuerza legal. Sin embargo, en sólo ocho días la Audiencia Nacional española juzgará la apuesta política de la izquierda abertzale sentando en el banquillo a ocho personas por el «caso Bateragune», entre ellas Arnaldo Otegi. Una situación aparentemente contradictoria que hace más relevante aún la opinión de Otegi, aunque sea a través de las limitaciones impuestas por las circunstancias de la prisión -donde lleva casi dos años-. El cuestionario remitido por GARA comienza precisamente por el análisis de la situación actual y del resultado del 22-M, y llega hasta el juicio que empezará el 27 de junio, pero las respuestas suponen sobre todo una mirada de largo alcance sobre el proceso vasco.

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