Turkish intellectuals call PKK terrorists to lay down arms

Turkish intellectuals and activists of Barisa Bak Platform and Peace Academy call PKK terrorists to lay down arms in order to continue peace negotiations with Turkish government

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Cengiz Algan, spokesman of Barisa Bak Platform and Leyla Ipekci, a Turkish writer

The Barisa Bak (Look at Peace) Platform, an organisation established by activists for gathering public support into Turkey’s Resolution Process, and the Peace Academy, a working group consists of Turkish intellectuals aiming to support conflict resolution and normalisation process, released statements calling PKK terrorists to lay down arms and provide the necessary conditions in order to continue the negotiations.

PKK is recognised as a terrorist organization by Turkey as well as NATO and the EU.

Releasing a statement named “Let’s Look the Peace Again,” the Barisa Bak Platform called PKK, the government and the media seperately for taking responsibility over providing the ceasefire immediately.

“PKK should put an end to all outlawed actions unconditionally and immediately. It should declare to disarm itself against Turkey, cross the border with all armed members, gather a congress over laying down arms, in front of national and international media and observers, clearly, certainly and undoubtedly. Following these providings of PKK, the government should stop the operations. The media should stop the provocative language and return to report over reconciliation,” announced the platform on Monday.

The Barisa Bak Platform organised a train journey named “Peace Train” on March to drum up support for the Resolution Process, carrying activists, journalists and academics to 11 Turkish provinces to launch panels and meetings with locals.

In early 2013, the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) led by then prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched the Peace Process as part of a Turkey’s Resolution Process which was initiated in 2012 to end the decade-old conflict with PKK, which was founded in the late 1970s by its now-jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan.

Meanwhile, the Peace Academy (Baris Akademisi in Turkish) consisting of journalists, academics, activists and artists including Merve Sebnem Oruc, Kutlug Ataman, Yildiray Ogur, Cengiz Algan, Bekir Berat Ozipek, Ali Bayramoglu, Atilla Yayla, Leyla Ipekci, Etyen Mahcupyan, Ilhami Isik and Hilal Kaplan, released a statement stressing the disarmament.

“The Peace Process must continue from where it was left off. PKK must lay down its arms and must leave Turkey’s borders and but for this to take place the foundations must be put forth by the Turkish government,” the academy announced last week.

Right after the Turkey’s general election on June 7, PKK’s umbrella organisation Group of Communities (KCK) issued a statement on July 11 declaring that its truce with the Turkish government has been ended and threatened Turkey with further attacks.

Co-chair of PKK’s umbrella organisation KCK, Bese Hozat, declared on July 15 that a new stage of “revolutionary war” had begun, releasing a column in a Turkish newspaper.

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, 22 security officers and five civilians were killed by PKK terrorists and its youth wing Patriotic Revolutionist Youth Movement (YDG-H).

TRTWorld and agencies