PKK and Turkey obliged to ceasefire

Kurdish politician

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (K24) – A delegation from the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) is currently visiting the US intending to reach out to the Kurdish diaspora and government officials.

Osman Baydemir, an HDP MP in the Turkish Parliament led the delegation in Washington. "We aim to be a unified voice; We are here as the collective Kurdish yell," he said.  

“Unfortunately, over the last eight months, the government in Ankara has been launching a fierce fight against Kurdish people in Bakur,” Baydemir said, refering to Kurdistan of Turkey.

The HDP MP stated that his party does not see war as a solution to end the Kurdish struggle in Turkey.

“War, death, killing and destruction has never been a solution…our central goal is to be the voice of our people all over the world so that human rights violations, killing children and elderly are not hidden; [we want] to stop this war,” he added.

The HDP delegation met with US Secretary of State and will be meeting with members of Congress and journalists.

Baydemir shared his thoughts on the US administration’s stance on the violent clashes between Turkish security forces and Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants.

“If Kurds from all parts of Kurdistan unite for Kurdish peoples’ rights, I believe Washington’s stance will be for peace, reconciliation and coexistence," he said.

“People of Kurdistan want to have the freedom to speak their language and express their culture. I wonder if these demands are terrorism...if so, then we all have to resign and surrender to the government,” Baydemir said.

He also added that the Turkish state is launching a war against humanity in the cities of Sur, Cizre and Silopi.

According to Baydemir, if the Turkish state offered the ceasefire, PKK would likely be obliged to cooperate. "Both the Turkish state and PKK are encouraged to accept a ceasefire, even if the war continues for 10 or 20 years; all parties are obliged to return to a ceasefire and toward the peace process,” he concluded.


Reporting by Baxtiyar Goran

Editing by Benjamin Kweskin and Karzan Sulaivany