Istanbul, Aug 24 () - A senior outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) figure has responded to calls from the co-chairs of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) to halt violence, ruling out any “one-sided” move to silence arms.
Speaking to German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) Executive Council Co-Chair Cemil Bayık said there could be no “one-sided” moves to down arms after its previous experiences.
“He [Demirtaş] was not the only one to make the call [to silence arms]. We also find it valuable. From our point of view, neither Turkey nor we can solve this problem with arms. But we have called for a one-sided ceasefire eight times. During the last one, we even began to withdraw our forces. Turkey first delayed everything and then denied it. So there will be no more one-sided calls to silence arms” said Bayık after being reminded of HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş’s recent remarks.
Demirtaş had on Aug. 23 called on the PKK to halt a month of violence against security forces “without ifs or buts.” “The PKK must stop its armed attacks and bombings in towns and the mountains, without ifs or buts” he said.