PKK-affiliated leader calls on US for political mediation

A leader of PKK’s umbrella organisation has asked the US to help in ‘de-escalation’ with Turkey

Zubeyir Aydar, the leader of PKK’s umbrella organisation, Group of Communities (KCK)

Updated Aug 17, 2015

A PKK-affiliated leader called on the United States on Thursday to establish a dialogue with the militant group and to play a mediating role in Turkey's impeded Peace Process.

Speaking to a Turkish radio, the political leader of the PKK's umbrella organisation, Zubeyir Aydar, told that the militant group wants the US "to bring Turkey and PKK together around a negotiation table."

“We ask US Congress and White House for playing a role in Resolution Process bringing peace into the forefront. It’s not enough for them [US] to say ‘We’re the friends of Turkey, it’s our NATO ally.’ We don’t need a conflict with Turkey. US should establish a dialogue with us like they do with Turkey. It should put us and Turkey around a negotiation table” Aydar said.

PKK has been listed as a terrorist organisation by the US, EU and Turkey.

In early 2013, the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) led by then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched the peace process as the next step in Turkey’s Resolution Process that was initiated in 2012 to end the decades-old conflict with the PKK, which was founded in the late 1970s by its now-incarcerated leader Abdullah Ocalan.

After the Turkish general election on June 7, PKK's umbrella organization, the Group of Communities (KCK), issued a statement on July 11 declaring that they had unilaterally ended the truce with the Turkish government and threatened the country with further terror attacks.

KCK's co-chair Bese Hozat also told on July 15 that a new stage of “revolutionary war had begun."

Hozat said “there must be raising hell and the earth must be shaken. Hundreds of thousands and millions shall rise and they should heighten the democracy struggle radically if needed, refusing to leave the squares for days, weeks.”

Since July 11, PKK and its youth wing Patriotic Revolutionist Youth Movement (YDG-H) militants killed at least 22 Turkish security officials and 5 civilians in a campaign of terror attacks across the country.

PKK is an armed militant group which carried out hundreds of deadly terror attacks against government, civilians, and public properties since the early 1980s. The group was founded by Abdullah Ocalan who was captured in Kenya and imprisoned by the Turkish government in 1999.

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