|PKK Peace Group arriving in Turkey|
|Three groups of people from the PKK are entering Turkey today at Silopi, on the border with Iraq, to meet with the Co-Chair of DTP, Ahmed Turk and then to speak with officials in Turkey to demonstrate their intention to move the peace process forward for Kurds in Turkey. This is at the request of the PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan from his prison in Turkey, where he has been held since 1999. He has been constructing a road map as a way forward for all nations in the Middle East to live together in democratic co-operation. |
Eight fighters from a PKK camp in Qandil Mountains in the border area with Kurdistan region in Iraq's north will cross the border to Turkey on the wishes of imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, said Rouzh Welat, a member of the group's foreign affairs department. Two other groups of refugees and PKK supporters are expected to enter Turkey on Monday also.
"The command of the PKK has decided to support the peace initiative with Turkey ... by sending three groups including supporters and members (of the PKK) who live in Iraq and Europe to Turkey on Monday in order to support peace and solve the Kurdish case in Turkey peacefully," said Welat.
These PKK groups are coming from Makhmur in Iraq, the Qandil mountains, and from Europe. They have the support of Ahmed Turk’s DTP party who greets them ambassadors of peace:
On this issue, said Ahmed Turk Party leader of a democratic society, is saying that "this is not a surrender ... these are the ambassadors of peace and prove the Kurdish insistence on the ... side of peace. The way that Turkey receives these people will be a measure of the sincerity and the intention of the government and the Turkish state towards peace and democratic openness, and if they deal positively with these people it will open new horizons for Turkey and will help to promote and consolidate peace and democracy in Turkey "
The PKK representatives have the support of Kurds in Turkey and in the Kurdish diaspora, and so thousands of people have lined their route, and banks of thousands of supporters have been waiting to greet them at the border. They plan to hold a peace march to Ankara in the next few days.