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 PKK will not leave lands waiting for the "Great Revolution" in Turkey's Kurdish region: spokesman

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PKK will not leave lands waiting for the "Great Revolution" in Turkey's Kurdish region: spokesman  27.8.2012  

PKK spokesman Ahmet Deniz.
August 27, 2012

QANDIL MOUNTAINS,— The Kurdistan Workers' Party PKK announced Sunday that the Turkish tactics depend on air and artillery strikes, thus its fighters will not leave their lands waiting for the "Great Revolution".

PKK spokesman Ahmet Deniz told Aswat al-Iraq that the clashes with the Turkish army continued, but they are "unable for land combat, but depended on air and artillery bombardments".

He added that the PKK strategy "has changed by not leaving the controlled land, as they did before".

Deniz confirmed that the PKK got mss support particularly in bigger cities with Kurdish majority, waiting for "the Great Revolution of the Masses", as he described it.

He denied any Iranian support and did not extend any to the Syrian, stressing that his party "fights for freedom, democracy and independence".

"We will not stop this war, because the Turkish government rejected the dialogue with us", he elaborated.

PKK administrative source revealed that clashes took place in near Kurdistan areas that resulted in 20 Turkish casualties, while two PKK fighters were killed.

Since spring 2012, the Iraqi border areas witnessed military clashes between the Turkish army and PKK fighters that led to hundreds of casualties.

Clashes between Turkish security forces and PKK militants have intensified in recent weeks, particularly in Turkey's Kurdish Hakkari province (northern Kurdistan) near borders with Iraq (southern Kurdistan) and Iran (eastern 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. More than 40,000 people have since been killed.

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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