Iraq's Kurdistan president in
communication with PKK to end armed action against
June 29, 2012
Massoud Barzani, the president of Iraq's Kurdistan
Region (R) receives Kemal Burkay, writer and former
chairman of the Kurdistan Socialist Party.
Erbil, Kurdistan region, Iraq. Photo KRP
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ERBIL-Hewlęr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — The
President of Kurdistan Region Massoud Barzani is
communication with the leaders of the Kurdistan
Workers' Party (PKK) in an attempt to end the
group’s armed struggle, a Kurdish writer and former
politician has told Anatolia News Agency.
Kemal Burkay, writer and former chairman of the
Kurdistan Socialist Party, was in Kurdistan Region
last week where he met with Mr Barzani and discussed
regional issues particularly the PKK.
Burkay returned from Sweden to Turkey in July last
year to contribute to the peace efforts and
solutions to the Kurdish issue.
The efforts of Barzani come after fighting escalated
recently between the Turkish military and the PKK
rebels when the PKK attacked Turkish outposts and
killed 8 soldiers and injured 18 others.
Turkish warplanes twice bombed PKK bases in the
border region Qandil Mountain in northern Kurdistan
Region of Iraq following the attack.
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
But now its aim is the creation an autonomous
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
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
The PKK is considered as 'terrorist' organization by
Ankara and 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.
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