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PUK official describes Demirtas as ‘symbol’ of Kurdish struggle in Turkey

By Rudaw 22/9/2016
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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Kurds have endured much suffering and persecution over the last century but are now eyed with respect and their rights are welcomed, Barham Salih, a top leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), said.

 

After a meeting with Selahattin Demirtas, Salih described the co-chair of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) as a “symbol” of the Kurdish struggle in Turkey.

 

Salih, who is deputy secretary-general of the PUK, met with Demirtas and his delegation in Erbil on Wednesday to discuss a range of regional issues, most notably the Kurdish issue in Turkey.

  

“This is the era of the Kurdish nation, and its cause can no longer be resolved through oppression, exploitation and war,” Salih said. “On the world stage, Kurdish rights are eyed with respect,” he added, saying that “in the twentieth century Kurds endured suffering and persecutions."

 

Salih added: “The visit by Mr. Selahattin Demirtas and his accompanying delegation to the Kurdistan Region has its own significance. Demirtas has become a great symbol of Kurdish civic and democratic struggle” in Turkey.

 

“Demirtas and his friends are working hard to obtain Kurdish rights,” in Turkey, he added.

 

The HDP delegation arrived in Erbil on Wednesday for meetings with Kurdistan Region leaders.

 

Upon arrival, he explained that the purpose of the visit is to bring all Kurdish parties from the different parts of Kurdistan to an agreement in order to face existing threats and challenges.

 

“All Kurdistan land and the Kurdish people are going through a sensitive and historic time, when in many areas there are tensions,” Demirtas said.

 

“Unfortunately, all four parts of Kurdistan are under a big threat, therefore all the four parts should have an agreement, and we want such an agreement in the interest of the Kurdish people,” he said.

 

He added that we “will continue our efforts for this goal.”

 

The HDP delegation also met with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and officials of the main Kurdistan political parties, including the Islamic groups.

 

In Turkey last August, President Barzani had invited the HDP for a visit.

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Muraz Adzhoev | 22/9/2016
“Demirtas and his friends are working hard to obtain Kurdish rights" to what? Did he say what is "the interests of the Kurdish people"? And how somebody being just politically and ideologically "pro-Kurdish" could be considered as "a great symbol of Kurdish civic and democratic struggle”?
kurd | 22/9/2016
PUK is puppet and servant of ayatolahs. why do not they dare to call iranian kurdish leader as the symbol of kurdish struggle in iran? what a shame . I bet PUK leadeers still receive cheque from ayatolahs
Dillawer | 23/9/2016
Time to act together, they will get us one by one if we don't.
rty | 23/9/2016
Why would the PKK system not work? Be free, be equal, be kurdish and be non-kurdish and use latin script. Everyone should eat and have health care. Compare that to Bashur KRG. I am kurdish and atheist and would someday live in a "PKKistan". Some of my family members that call them self muslims want to flee Islam for Europe. This is how stupid some kurds are. I had a talk with my mother and she just find out 5 years ago that turks are sunni, she was suprised because only shia iranian regime is bad. This is how Islam have damaged the kurds mind. She tought turks was shia and thats why they where bad to sunni kurds. My mother doesnt have hijab btw.
Gerdi | 23/9/2016
Stop these childish comments, it's a good thing that Demirtas is here promoting more cooperation not a bad thing, it's also good that some Kurdish figures recognise and praise him for the work he's done. Everybody makes mistakes even politicians, they are after all human, tye important thing is recognising your mistakes and moving forward.

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