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Δευτέρα, 3 Νοεμβρίου 2014

Bayık: No solution without the Kurds in the Middle East..



YPG/YPJ Commanders promise victory to millions supporting them



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Bayık: No solution without the Kurds in the Middle East


KCK Executive Council Co-President Cemil Bayık spoke to Michael Völker from the leading Austrian newspaper, Der Standard, about the resistance in Kobanê.
Cemil Bayık said the struggle against ISIS has propelled the Kurdish question onto the international stage, adding: “The Kurds are a key force in the Middle East. If the Kurds do not take part, or are not included, problems in the Middle East cannot be resolved. In order for the Middle East to be reshaped there needs to be a resolution of the Kurdish question.”
Bayık said the conflict in Kobanê had intensified due to Turkish support for the ISIS gangs. He said Turkish special forces were working with the ISIS terrorists, adding: “There is now an autonomous region in South Kurdistan and there is Rojava. Then there is Turkey and it must recognise a status for the Kurds, but instead of doing this it is trying to prevent this and destroy the institutions developed in Rojava by using ISIS. Turkey wants to strengthen its influence in the Middle East by using ISIS and sacrificing the Kurds in the process.”
Bayık continued: “Everyone thought Kobanê would fall in a week and that the Kurds would be driven out and slaughtered, but it didn’t happen. The resistance is strong. We will not abandon Kobanê!”
The resistance and international pressure was effective in Turkey’s change of tactics
Bayık responded to the Der Standard reporter’s comment that, ‘Turkey allowed the peshmerga to cross into Kobanê,’ saying that both the resistance in Kobanê and international pressure had resulted in a change of tactics. Bayık added that at the beginning Erdoğan had wanted the international coalition to wage a struggle against the YPG and PKK as well as against ISIS, but that the Americans had not accepted this and supported the YPG, resulting in a change in Turkey’s tactics.
Arms aid a defeat for Turkish diplomacy
Cemil Bayık recalled that the US had sent arms to the YPG forces, signifying a defeat for Turkish diplomacy. He added: “There are great differences between the aims of the US and Europe and those of Turkey. While the West wants to combat ISIS, Turkey is supporting it against the Kurds.”
We greet the peshmerga’s support
Bayık said Turkey had seen that with the attacks on Kobanê, the Kurds had got stronger and was hoping that problems would emerge with the presence of the peshmerga in Kobanê, adding that there was no problem of confidence regarding the peshmerga: “our forces have fought side by side on many fronts, which has created a positive feeling amongst our people. We therefore greet the peshmerga support for the resistance in Kobanê.”
Bayık added that ISIS had benefited the Kurds in that it had brought them closer together and that Turkish attempts to use the peshmerga against the YPG would not work.
To sell women is to sell humanity
Cemil Bayık said ISIS was an inhuman organisation, condemning its selling of women. Bayık continued, saying: “In Kobanê we are waging a struggle for humanity. ISIS is anti-humanity and anti-women. To sell women is to sell humanity. To enslave women is to enslave humanity.”
Bayık added that ISIS was not just occupying certain areas, but also carrying out ethnic cleansing, as it did to the Yezidi Kurds in Sinjar and the Christians around Mosul. He said they were attempting the same thing in Kobanê.
Bayık stressed that: “We will not allow this to happen. The fate of Kobanê will also be the fate of ISIS, but we should not forget that Turkey opened the gates to Kobanê for ISIS.”
Erdoğan’s policy taking Turkey towards isolation and civil war
Cemil Bayık said the resolution process in North Kurdistan could not be taken separately from  Kobanê, adding that it would be naïve to expect the AKP, which supports ISIS, to develop a peace policy. Bayık said: “The Kurds have risen up in all regions. This resistance is a struggle for humanity, fraternity and multi-culturalism. Erdoğan’s policy is taking Turkey towards isolation and civil war.”
Bayık stressed that Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan was keeping the peace process on track by his unilateral efforts, despite all adversity. He added that the AKP was making empty promises, trying to gain time in order to destroy the PKK. “Turkey is intolerant of resistance. It is responding harshly to criticism from journalists and popular protest. And the AKP is attempting to take over the entire state apparatus,” he said.
There is a limit to unilateral efforts
Bayık said that the process of resolution was at a critical stage, and that Turkey was not ready to take the necessary steps. He warned that while they did not intend to fight Turkey again, “there is a limit to unilateral efforts”. He added that if attacks on the people continued, the guerrillas would take action, saying that the world knew that they wanted a peaceful solution after they declared a ceasefire at Newroz in 2013. “If Turkey leaves us with no alternative we will defend ourselves,” said Bayık, who added that to wait too long while Turkey played a delaying game would be ‘surrender’, something they could not accept.
Bayık said: “In Kobanê a new freedom movement is emerging and the Kurds are uniting in support of this city. This is having an influence on the international community and public opinion, and is also a rebellion against Turkey.”  
Bayık added that, at a time when the removal of the PKK from the list of terrorist organisations was being seriously discussed, they wanted a peaceful solution. “The war went on for years and neither Turkey nor us achieved what we wanted. This is why steps must be taken now towards a peaceful solution,” he added.
Cemil Bayık added that they wanted a third party to monitor the process: ”It could be the US or an international delegation. There is a need for mediators and observers,” he said.
Problems in the Middle East cannot be resolved without the Kurds
On being reminded of the growing international support for the Kurds and on being asked whether this would contribute to the process of resolution, Cemil Bayık said the Kurdish question was also an international question and concluded by saying: “We believe that this war has corrected the image of the PKK. The PKK will be part of the resolution of this question. The Kurds are a key force in the Middle East. Thanks to a great degree to the PKK, the Kurds have over time become organised. If the Kurds do not take part, or are not included, problems in the Middle East cannot be resolved. In order for the Middle East to be reshaped there needs to be a resolution of the Kurdish question.”





 http://en.firatajans.com/news/news/return-to-kck-operations.htm

Return to KCK operations?

The “internal security reform” brought to parliament under the name of “freedom-security harmony” by the AKP regime raises concerns about the institutionalisation of the police-state, while the new wave of detentions and arrests of recent weeks has recalled the repression campaign that started in 2009.
The “internal security reform” that was put on the agenda of the country by the AKP regime following the protests in solidarity with Kobane, has been harshly criticized by human rights activists. The so-called reform raises concerns about the possible threats that it creates for freedoms and the opposition forces.
The government, on the other hand, claims that this “security” reform is to guarantee “basic rights and freedoms”.
Meanwhile, the increasing detentions and arrests of the last weeks have been another source of concern. According to figures provided by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Efkan Ala, 1024 people were detained between 7 and 10 October alone, while 58 were formally arrested. Reports continued to come in the following days about detentions and arrests, while emergency law has de facto been imposed in many cities. These developments recall the KCK operations that started in 2009.
On 30 March 2009, the then Kurdish party, DTP, had gained 100 municipalities in the local elections. Following the victory of the DTP, Turkey entered a new period. Two weeks after the elections the guerrilla movement declared a ceasefire once again. Immediately afterwards, even before 24 hours had passed, the most extensive wave of detentions in the history of the Turkish Republic was launched against the Kurdish movement.
In the first wave of this repression campaign, which was claimed to be against the KCK, 72 people, including the vice chair of the DTP, were detained. 52 of them were arrested. On December 2009, the DTP was closed down.
According to figures obtained from reports of human rights organisations and the Kurdish media, 603 of the 1 thousand 168 detained people were arrested in the KCK operations carried out in 2009 and 2010.
In the same period, the “Oslo meetings” between the Turkish state and the Kurdish people’s leader, Abdullah Öcalan, were also taking place for the resolution of the Kurdish problem. While the Oslo meetings were continuing, operations were also ceaselessly carried out.
The meetings between the Turkish state and Abdullah Öcalan and the KCK lasted until the general elections in June 2011. Following the elections, the delegation of the state abandoned the meetings. The AKP, as the winner of the elections, broke off the Oslo meetings. Then came the full isolation of Öcalan. The lawyers of Öcalan were no longer allowed to visit him at Imralı.
The witch hunt of the Ankara government against the Kurds and the failure of the Oslo meetings raised tensions. Thousands of people were put in prison after having been taken into custody in the raids carried out simultaneously in many places early in the morning.
The new target was the Peace and Democracy Party, BDP, which was founded after the DTP had been closed down. On 4 October, 23 November and 8 December 2011, at least 366 people, including the executives of the BDP and many academics, were detained in operations against the BDP.
Then, the same year, on 20 December, Kurdish journalists were targeted. The most massive detention operation against the press in the history of the Turkish Republic took place. 46 journalists were detained in one day, many of whom were later formally arrested.
The list of the detained and the arrested in the repression campaign that started in 2009 was getting longer and longer. The mayors, deputies, journalists, trade unionists, academics, human rights activists, students and even children were sent to prison. Having eggs or books at home, wearing puşi (traditional Kurdish scarf), having dirty hands, having sweated or chanting a slogan were all accepted as sufficient evidence to be detained.
According to the reports of human rights organisations, in the three years between 2009 and 2011, 27,503 people were detained on political grounds, and 6,444 of those were arrested. 2011, in which more than 12,600 people were detained, was defined by human rights organisations as the year of the institutionalisation of the police state.
The ceasefire that the guerrilla movement had declared in April 2009 continued in all those years until the middle of 2011. The general elections in which Erdoğan again gained victory had taken place under the ceasefire. After the elections the ceasefire ended as the AKP regime that was becoming ever more authoritarian, continued the attacks. The first news of intense clashes came on 14 July. In a military operation in the rural area of Silvan against guerrilla forces maintaining ceasefire positions, 13 guerrillas were killed. While the witch hunt had continued against the Kurds and all oppositional segments of society in the urban regions, operations to destroy the guerrilla movement, called the “Tamil scenario”, was put into action. The Turkish state had made all its plans in order for the guerrillas not being able to come through the winter of 2011-2012.
On the night of 28 December, Turkish aircraft massacred 34 children when they targeted the village of Roboski in the Uludere district of Şırnak. The attacks continued throughout the winter against civilians, politicians and the guerrilla forces. In the spring of 2012, the guerrilla movement launched the most extensive moves of the last 30 years against this campaign of repression and the operations aiming for liquidation.
Within several months, the control of areas of some hundreds of square kilometres in the mountainous regions was taken by the guerrillas. The guerrillas changed their tactic of “hit-and- run” into “hit-and-stay”. The legend of the “undefeatable Turkish army” was left in tatters.
This period of the repression campaign and the strong response of the guerrillas against it continued until the historic call by Öcalan in March 2013.

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