PKK says war only option if settlement process fails

PKK says war only option if settlement process fails
# 03 December 2013 23:27 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The chief commander of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has accused the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government of slowing down the settlement process aimed at ending the decades-old Kurdish dispute and armed conflict, saying that if the AK Party fails to take a substantial step to accelerate the process until next spring, then war remains only option for the militant group, APA reportts quoting Todays Zaman.

Speaking to a local news portal, Yüksekova Haber, on Tuesday PKK Chief Commander Cemil Bayık has offered a sober assessment of the recent state of the stalled settlement process, signaling that the militant group may again appeal to arms if their demands are not addressed.

Bayık said the peace process is heading off course due to delaying tactics and maneuverings by the AK Party, which the PKK chief says has focused on the upcoming local and general elections in the course of next two years and avoids any risky adventure on delicate issues, including the settlement process.

The PKK chief spoke on critical visit of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President to southeastern Turkish province of Diyarbakır for a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan last month, asserting that the symbolic and historic event shouldn’t be an object of political exploitation by the ruling AK Party. He accused the AK Party government of using the event in order to get political scores through exploiting the internal squabbles among regional Kurdish fractions.

The KRG president met with ErdoÄŸan in Diyarbakır in the historic meeting, an event that cemented ties between Turkey and the Kurdish region of Iraq and also highlighted Barzani’s possible role in the settlement process. While, Barzani’s presence was interpreted as a milestone in relations between the regional government and Turkey, his visit also drew some form of criticism from the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) deputies who are uneasy with rapport between the KRG and the AK Party.

Bayık called on the KDP to clarify its position regarding the political developments in northern Syria where Kurdish groups hold sway after intense battles against the radical opposition groups for the control of the region.

Bayık raised concerns of the PKK over a possible consensus and cooperation between the Turkish government and Barzani administration against the Democratic Union Party (PYD), political offshoot of the PKK, in northern Syria, warning KRG on an intra-fighting among Kurds.

According to Bayık, Turkey lends support to al-Qaeda-linked groups in their bid to root out Kurdish political groups from Rojava, a move clearly illustrates where the Turkish government stands with regards to political future of northern Syria.