PKK: Disagreement on the armed struggle…

Abdullah Öcalan, imprisoned leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has criticized Diyarbakır Mayor Osman Baydemir’s remarks that armed struggle is no longer valid.

“Sometimes I got angry with some developments. I followed the issue in the press. Some say that armed struggle is no longer valid. How do they decide such a thing on their own? How can they say such a thing when even Kandil [a faction of PKK leaders in northern Iraq’s Kandil Mountains] can’t decide on its own?” pro-Kurdish Fırat News Agency, regarded as close to the PKK, quotes Öcalan as saying.

“How can they, who have no relation with armed powers, utter such words? Everybody should focus on their own field. They deliver statements on armed powers even the United States and Europe can’t solve…”

Öcalan also said he was the authority who would decide on withdrawing the PKK to Iraq.

“Some decisions, including the decision to withdraw, are vital issues. And these decisions can’t be made by anyone other than me,” Fırat reports Öcalan as saying. “We are developing a mature language with the government. Otherwise, terrible massacres could have occurred.”

“If any progress is achieved, I will intervene and play my role, including the role about withdrawing the PKK. This decision can’t be made by anyone other than me.”

Hürriyet Daily News
November 15, 2010
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