Kurds warn Ankara hostilities could resume
Iran Press TV
Wed Dec 24, 2014 1:40PM GMT
A senior leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has warned that hostilities could resume in southeast Turkey if the current talks with Ankara make no headway.
Murat Karayilan said Wednesday that Turkey may witness renewed violence ahead of the June general elections if the ongoing talks between Kurdish forces and the government fail to yield the desired results.
'If steps are not taken, we will start the war before the elections,' Karayilan was quoted as saying by Roj News, a Kurdish news channel based in Iraq.
The rebel commander said successful negotiations could lead to the release of the Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan.
Ocalan, sentenced to life in prison in 1999, still retains a great deal of influence over his forces in southeast Turkey. Ankara started negotiations with Ocalan in 2012 in a bid to end the hostilities that have reportedly killed tens of thousands over the past three decades.
Turkish Deputy Prime Yalcin Akdogan reacted swiftly to Karayilan's comments and described them as 'unreal, untimely, inopportune and provocative.'
The PKK say Ankara uses the current opportunity to attain its own political goals in elections while it ignores Kurds' call for advancing peace process.
PKK that took up arms in 1984 is fighting for independence in southeast Turkey.
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