Posted by: hevallo | May 6, 2009

Milliyet Journalist, Hasan Cemal meets Murat Karayilan. "PKK Wants Dialogue and Peace with Turkey!"

From Hurriyet.

The PKK wants a mutual cease-fire and hopes this will be followed by peace talks, Murat Karayılan, the acting leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) who assumed power after the #########(T word removed by Hevallo) organization’s top leader, Abdullah Öcalan, was captured by Turkish security forces, has said.

Milliyet daily columnist Hasan Cemal met with Karayılan at a PKK training base in the Kandil Mountains in northern Iraq for a four-hour interview. “The priority is a cease-fire. Arms will be laid down later on. First, let us make sure that no one attacks anyone else,” Karayılan said.

Asked how such dialogue between a state and a ######### (again T word removed by Hevallo) organization could be possible, he outlined a number of possible strategies. “First the guns will be silenced, then the dialogue will start. The place for that is İmralı [the island where Öcalan is imprisoned].

If this is not accepted, then the place for dialogue is with us. If talking to us cannot be accepted, either, then it is the elected political will [the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP)]. If this is not possible, either, then a joint commission can be established somewhere where wise men will come together.

For example, people like İlter Türkmen [a former foreign minister] and yourself [Cemal] will come together and be the state’s interlocutors for dialogue,” Karayılan explained.

Read full interview, Googley translated here,


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