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 PKK leader says Kurdish nation will strike Turkey if it intervenes in Syrian Kurdistan

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PKK leader says Kurdish nation will strike Turkey if it intervenes in Syrian Kurdistan  27.7.2012 

Murat Karayilan is the acting commander of the Turkey Kurdistan Workers' Party and chairman of the executive council of the Kurdish Democratic Confederation KCK. Photo: Reuters See Related Links 
July 27, 2012

QANDIL MOUNTAINS, — The entire Kurdish people will confront Turkey if it intervenes in the Western Kurdistan (northern Syrian) internal affairs, said the acting the acting commander of the Turkey's Kurdistan Workers' Party PKK and the leader of the Union of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK).

Murat Karayilan's remark to the Kurdish Hawlati newspaper came in response to the warning by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish PM waned if necessary Turkey will attack Syria to destroy the "terrorist" organizations of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and its related Democratic Union Party (PYD).

In the face of any "crazy" move by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) of the Turkish PM for interfering in the determination of the Kurdish people in Western Kurdistan "the entire Kurdish nation will confront Turkey and will mobilize everywhere," Karayilan said.

The leader of the PKK-related organization described Erdogan's position as "chauvinist and strongly racist."

Erdogan described the PKK and the PYD as "terrorist… whom we do not see as representative of the Kurdish demands….They are trying to exploit the situation for reaching their goals."

He added Turkey will not allow for these two parties to control any parts in Syria.

Currently Kurds have seized the control over some Kurdish cities in Syrian Kurdistan and are advancing to seize more.

Over 3 million Kurds live in Syrian Kurdistan (northern Syria), mainly in the north bordering Turkey (northern Kurdistan) and Iraqi Kurdistan region southern Kurdistan).

The PKK has several times proposed peaceful solutions regarding Kurdish problem, Turkey has always refused saying that it will not negotiate with “terrorists”.

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.

But now its aim is the creation an autonomous 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.

The PKK wants constitutional recognition for the Kurds, regional self-governance and Kurdish-language education in schools.

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.

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