​​​​​​​Yemeni writer: PKK inclusion on terrorism regulations for continued fighting between Kurds- Turks

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​​​​​​​Yemeni writer: PKK inclusion on terrorism regulations for continued fighting between Kurds- Turks
11 November 2021   22:59

 Yemeni writer Abdul Rahman al- Rayyan explained that the inclusion of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, PKK on terrorist regulations was a political rather than a legal decision, noting that it was in order to satisfy Turkey on the one hand, and for the fighting to continue and Europe to benefit from passing its policies on Turkey.

Yemeni writer Abdul Rahman al-Rayyan has emphasized in the ANAH’s dialogue that the European Union is governed by the forces of global capitalism that work for its interests and agendas. He stressed that the PKK's accusation of the murder of Olof Palme was merely an argument for stopping the expansion of the Kurdish struggle in Europe, but that the truth had emerged even if it was too late.

The dialogue reads as follows:

• The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has been fighting for the Kurdish cause and the cause of the Kurdistan peoples for more than 40 years.

Every struggle movement that has its successes and victories, its failures, its defeats and its breakdowns, because it constitutes the nature of the Earth and the human being expressed, PKK, it’ s been fighting for 40 years against a Turkish exclusive mentality that doesn't recognize Kurdish existence. We recognize that this struggle is not only domestic but also regional and international, on the basis that the decision to divide the whole region was an international one. The Kurdish people are an indigenous people of the region and all successive Governments in Turkey will not be able to end the struggle of the Kurdish people until they have their legitimate rights to freedom and dignity.

• The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is the largest movement in numbers and characteristics in the four parts of Kurdistan, and the most powerful popular movement among Kurds in the Middle East and worldwide. It is the legitimate representative of the Kurdish people, but the European Union has ranked the party among the global terrorism regulations, in your opinion, why?

Terrorist classifications in international organizations are usually subject to unrealistic standards, as Kurds have been treated specifically in Turkey as an armed group that undermines the social security and stability of the Turkish state rather than as a national independence movement. This is due to the fact that the laws of the European system refuse to use weapons to impose a political vision or project. In the end, it is a political decision and has nothing to do with it legally. Everyone knows that Turkey is a NATO member. This decision came in order to please Turkey, on the one hand, and for the fighting to continue between the parties and for Europe to benefit from passing its policies on Turkey.

PKK’s classification of terrorism regulations came after the assassination of Swedish politician and Social Democratic Action Party leader Olof Palme. However, the reality of his assassination emerged in 2020 and the party was found innocent of that charge. However, the European Union has so far shown no position regarding removing the party's name from the terrorism regulations.

The argument for using the armed struggle to gain rights is problematic in keeping the party's name on the list of terrorism according to the European perspective, especially since political forces representing the Kurds have resorted to the political work model of the Democratic Peoples’ Party of Turkey, which participated in the elections and won a number of seats in the Parliament. The European Union is ultimately subject to the forces of global capitalism that work for its interests and agendas. Accusing the PKK of assassinating Olof Palma is just an argument for stopping the stretch of Kurdish struggle in Europe, but the truth has emerged even if it is too late.

The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), during its struggle, launched several initiatives to resolve the Kurdish issue peacefully and fairly. However, that initiative has not met with an appropriate response, and yet he has continued to launch initiatives. How do you see this initiative, and why is the Turkish state not showing any similar step in this regard?

Usually, a State or any party to a conflict does not respond to initiatives during a war unless other parties to the conflict work hard and exert political pressure on the parties to the conflict, which was not the case in the Kurdish situation. The intransigence of the Turkish side continues and it is believed that only through violence can the Kurdish problem be solved. However, it has proved that the military option cannot solve any social and cultural problem or the cause of a people. That is why we believe that Turkish Governments are not prepared to stop wars because they are the primary beneficiaries and can call them war brokers, not Governments that seek the well-being of their societies.

Why do the Arab countries and their peoples not move towards removing the party's name from the list of terrorism as a common threat to Arabs, Kurds and other components of the region, namely the occupying Turkish state, crystallizes?

Most Arab countries that can move to remove the party's name from the terrorist list suffer from internal problems that threaten their national unity. States themselves are experiencing political and intellectual loss as a result of the revolutions of the so-called Arab Spring, which divided the division in the societal situation of the peoples of the region. That's why many Arab countries cannot wait to take steps like this.

Nowadays, the Arab people are in disastrous situations and many Arabs are generally unaware of the Kurdish issue. The Kurdish media has not reached the Arab street until the moment. The Kurdish model in Iraq has contributed to the aversion of the Arabs by the position and policies pursued by the leaders of the Kurds-Iraq and by implicating them with Arab enemies, including the Zionist entity. This situation has created misunderstandings among the Arab man, who is essentially exhausted by his issues, about the Kurdish issue in general.