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As Kobane Makes Last Stand, Ocalan Gives Turkey Deadline for Peace Process

By Rudaw 7/10/2014
A peace process launched by Ocalan and Ankara in March 2012 has largely lagged.
A peace process launched by Ocalan and Ankara in March 2012 has largely lagged.

ANKARA, Turkey – Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, warned that Turkey has until October 15 to act on peace with the Kurds, otherwise the process is dead.

Ocalan, whose comments came through his brother Mehmet, had earlier said that peace talks with Ankara would end if the Kurdish city of Kobane in Syria, across the border with Turkey, falls to the Islamic State (ISIS).  There were fresh air strikes by the US-led coalition on Tuesday as the city teetered on the verge of falling.

In his latest comments from his prison cell on Turkey’s Imrali island, Ocalan told his brother on Monday that Ankara must act, or accept the end of peace talks.

"We can await a resolution till October 15, after which we can have nothing to do,” his brother quoted him as saying. “They (Turkish authorities) are talking about resolution and negotiation but there exists no such thing. This is an artificial situation; we will not be able to continue anymore."

A peace process launched by Ocalan and Ankara in March 2012 has largely lagged, with the PKK accusing Turkish authorities of dragging their feet.

Commenting on Kobane,  Ocalan said: "Our people in Kobane are going to resist to the end. Resistance will be manifested everywhere and every single Kurdish-populated area where ISIS is present.”

The PKK-affiliated People’s Protection Units (YPG) have been the main protection force in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), joined by Turkish Kurds fighting to defend Kobane.

“No concessions will ever be made to ISIS that is an artificial organization and will also cause trouble to the states, governments and persons supporting it,” Ocalan said.

“Whichever country is supporting ISIS will itself suffer damage. We will resist the ISIS to the end. Our people have to resist," he said.

Turkey has angered its large minority Kurds be closing the border to fighters going to fight in Kobane.  Ankara fears pro-PKK Kurdish citizens returning from fighting in Syria with combat skills, and has opposed any moves that would strengthen the Kurds in Syria.

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Jouni, Tampere Finland | 7/10/2014
The world is odd: freedom fighter Abdullah Öcalan is enjailed and and an islamist, pro-terrorism person Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds presidency of a state that consists mostly of stolen lands and oppressed people. Stolen from Kurds and oppressed Kurds. The state has a bird's name: Turkey. Turkey tastes as a dish on a plate. Jouni, Tampere Finland
Wierd | 7/10/2014
So now its Turkeys job and respnsibility to save the kurds? When KRG is working with USA and eu KRG are selouts and slaves. But when PKK is demanding turkish interventions on kurdish soil they are heros?
Farakan | 7/10/2014
Kurds can't continue devided, it's time to revolt and take arms in Turkey to press the hand of Erdogan to intervene and save Kobani, while talking Mothers, Brothers and Sisters are dying.
Giuseppe luigi de biasi | 7/10/2014
Dont trust Turckey and, over all, Erdogan, now the southern boundaries of his country is with the Islamic State and he prefers this situation. Good luck Kurdistan, the problem depends on the never born Governament of Bagdad.
Kurdistani | 7/10/2014
If he and the PKK haven't done any violent activities in Europe in the 90's then the PKK would not be on the Terrorist list and the world would not associate the Kurds in Bakur with terrorists and would help them with arms and intelligence today in Rojava. Another historical mistake by PKK and Öcalan was to support Assad, Russia, China and Iran in the Syrian war. They choosed the wrong site, and are begging for the West to help them now. Where are your allies Assad, Putin or Rohani? The betrayed u and the Kurds. The current situation in Kobane is a direct result of PKKs and Öcalans wrong judgment. Everything what the have done in the last 20 years, was against a Kurdish state. I am sorry for my brother and sisters in Rojava. I hope one day the can unite with Basur and kick the PKK and their stupid ideology out of Kurdistan.

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