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 PKK criticizes Iraqi FM, mocks PM

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PKK criticizes Iraqi FM, mocks PM  15.10.2011  

October 15, 2011

QANDIL, — Iraqi Foreign Minister’s recent remarks about Kurdish PKK rebels were made under pressure, a spokesman for the rebels said on Friday.

In a joint press conference in Ankara on Thursday, Hoshyar Zebari Iraqi Foreign Minister and his Turkish counterpart reiterated the commitment of their countries to counter Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels who are based in Iraqi Kurdistan region.

Zebari, a Kurd himself, told the reporters that the presence of PKK in Iraq is ‘illegal and unconstitutional’ and hoped the disputes between Turkey and Iraq over PKK be settled through ‘good neighborly relations.’    

PKK criticizes Iraqi FM, mocks PM
Speaking to AKnews, Farhan Omar, a spokesman for PKK, said his party is a national Kurdish party fighting for rights of Kurds in Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran.

‘It is PKK’s right to stay in [Iraqi] Kurdistan because all Kurds are entitled to live there,’ Omar said ‘we believe Zebari’s remarks were made under pressure from some neighboring countries.’

Commenting on Maliki’s remarks about his determination of expedite Iraqi army to fight PKK if the rebel organization refused to stop guerrilla war against Turkey from Iraq’s soil, Omar said ‘this is something funny because no country has been able to beat PKK.’

‘How can he [Maliki] do this while his army encounters attacks daily and he cannot secure a single southern province,’ PKK official wondered.

Since August 17, Turkish jets repeatedly carried out air strikes against the Kurdish PKK separatist group's bases in Iraqi Kurdistan region, under justification of chasing elements of the anti-Ankara PKK, forcing large numbers of Kurdish citizens of those areas to desert their home villages, including an air raid that killed 7 Kurdish civilians in a village north of Kurdistan’s Sulaimaniyah city on August 21st.

Since it was established in 1984, the PKK has been fighting the Turkish state, which still denies the constitutional existence of Kurds, to establish a Kurdish state in the south east of the country, sparking a conflict that has claimed some 45,000 lives.

But now its aim is the creation an autonomous Kurdish region and more cultural rights for ethnic Kurds who constitute the greatest minority in Turkey, numbering more than 20 million. A large Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.

PKK's demands included releasing PKK detainees, lifting the ban on education in Kurdish, paving the way for an autonomous democrat Kurdish system within Turkey, reducing pressure on the detained PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, stopping military action against the Kurdish party and recomposing the Turkish constitution.

Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population as a distinct minority. It has allowed some cultural rights such as limited broadcasts in the Kurdish language and private Kurdish language courses with the prodding of the European Union, but Kurdish politicians say the measures fall short of their expectations.

The PKK is considered as 'terrorist' organization by Ankara, U.S., the PKK continues to be on the blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which overturned a decision to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its political wing on the European Union's terror list.   

AK news part of this article written by Karzan Kareem

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