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Senior PKK Leader Says Group No Longer Seeks a Kurdish State

By Rudaw 7/5/2014
Karasu: ‘Now, we are working for a democratic life and finding our fate in freedom, without establishing a state.’ Photo: DIHA
Karasu: ‘Now, we are working for a democratic life and finding our fate in freedom, without establishing a state.’ Photo: DIHA

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Mustafa Karasu, a senior leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, said that the PKK has abandoned its policy of seeking a Kurdish state and is now aiming for democratic rule in the Kurdish regions and focusing on the work of MPs in the Turkish parliament.

“Previously, we had a view to creating a national state, but we abandoned it,” the Dicle News agency quoted Karasu as saying.

He said that, despite his party’s leftist ideologies, its leaders had always believed in establishing a national state.

“But in the end we realized that it was wrong,” he said. “Now, we are working for a democratic life and finding our fate in freedom, without establishing a state.”

Karasu said his group is seeking to solve the Kurdish question through a process of democratization in Turkey.

“This is a strategic project and we need to change our previous strategy,” he said.

Karasu hailed the recent merger of some parliamentarians of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) into the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) as an important move.

"We've decided deputies to be represented under the HDP group in parliament by transferring the BDP deputies to the HDP,” HDP co-chair Ertugrul Kurkcu told the official Anadolu Agency last month, adding the decision was taken after the March 30 local elections in Turkey.

He said that deputies from both parties would act jointly under the HDP umbrella in parliament during the August 2014 presidential elections.

BDP Chairman Selahattin Demirtas and deputy Sirri Sakik would also reportedly go under the HDP umbrella following un upcoming BDP congress.

Karasu said that the HDP can become the democratic representative of Kurdish ambitions across Turkey, “despite the different views and ideas within the HDP.”

According to Ahmet Alis, a historian from Bogazici University and an expert on Turkey’s Kurds, with this step BDP deputies hope to appeal to the whole of Turkey, not just the country’s Kurdish southeast where the BDP is strong.

“Until now, the BDP had no strength outside the 15 Kurdish provinces in the southeastern part of the country. If they continued as BDP, they would not be able to reach out to the rest of Turkey,” Alis told Rudaw.  

Karasu said that if armed struggle had failed to establish a Kurdish state, “then a political struggle is a necessity, and that is how we must understand the HDP.” He added that the HDP is far removed from the many leftist groups that have always tried to “organize the masses to their own end.”

According to Karasu, the HDP plans two assemblies of several hundred members to represent and run the affairs of the Kurdish areas of Turkey.

“These assemblies will be organic and will carry out politics based on the needs of people,” he explained.

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Sargon Nineveh
Sargon Nineveh | 7/5/2014
Mr. Karasu is a realist.
Siavash Jannotti | 7/5/2014
Autonomy is less likely to trigger WW3 in the Middle East, like Ocalan predicted.
Siavash Jannotti | 7/5/2014
The PKK is becoming more realistic in hoping for a state with in a state.
Hersh | 7/5/2014
Come on lets not insult peoples intelligence here, the PKK decided or Oceland? I'm not saying it's a bad thing if genuine autonomy for Kurds is established in Turkey, but is that any more realistic than making the Turks agree to independence? Does anyone really believe that the Turks will change the constitution and agree to a real partnership with Kurds? will we have the same autonomy as Scotland with our own local parliament, managing our own affairs and resources? with the option to seek independence?. If so I think we're all aboard, if not please don't wast other opportunities, did Turkey hold their side of the bargain when you started withdrawing your fighters last year? do you know what they're telling the world? it was the PKK who out of the blue sopped withdrawing!. They're in a weak position right now because of internal turmoil, force them to choose, either real peace and an comprehensive agreement or a war that will decimate their economy, all they're doing now is buying time, why else would they build military infrastructure in Kurdish territory?
SheikhSaid | 7/5/2014
well well well, they dont have any intrests of a kurdish state anymore, like they had tbat even from the start, traitors!, pkk is not fighting for kurdistan, they fight for ocalan!, ive never heard a pkk member once say biji kurdistan, always biji ocalan biji apo!, apo is an MiT Agent, when will stupid pkk supporters realize it, pkk were created by the MiT, even ocalan once said that it was the turkish state who provided pkk with funding at the beginning of their creation of the party.
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