Politicians ask PKK to make truce in holy month21/07/2012 16:49
ERBIL, July 21 (AKnews)- The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) received a call for a truce from a number of politicians and personalities who support negotiations between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and independent Diyarbakır parliamentary deputy Leyla Zana.
In the last few months, the area has witnessed many clashes between the PKK and Turkish forces. The group issued a call to the PKK to drop arms during the holy month of Ramadan. Today is the second day of Ramadan in Turkey.
Hürriyet Daily News reported that the group includes Justice and Development Party (AKP) Diyarbakır deputy Galip Ensarioğlu, Prof. Mehmet Altan, Rights and Liberties Party (HAKPAR) leader Bayram Bozyel, Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Diyarbakır deputy Altan Tan and Kurdish intellectual Orhan Miroğlu.
Ensarioğlu said: “Believing that people’s moral values would help the solution, we thought making such a call in Ramadan would be appropriate.”
Bozyel said the group signed the declaration seeking peace not only during Ramadan, but permanently, adding “the armed conflict does not favor the Kurds, but rather harms them.”
The PKK earlier this week declared that its guerillas will not stop fighting during this month.
By Hemn Hadi