Democratic Union Party co-presidency member Aldar Xelil has called for a careful approach in dealing with Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan’s health and living conditions. According to Hawar News, Xelil said, “The Turkish state is aiming to remove Öcalan physically, while normalising the current situation”.
Regarding the Newroz Festival, Xelil said, “Newroz is the basis of a new life. Kurdish people should strengthen the fire of Newroz one more time through a joint struggle”.
Xelil also criticised the Kurdish National Council (ENKS) and said it should declare its national outlook if it wants to form national unity.
“Our revolution began in the month of March”, said Xelil. “That became the answer for two issues. First, the Demascus government was not in favour of a change in the government. Second, the Turkish state aimed to prevent the Democratic Nation project. However, that struggle continues and is sustained by the inspiration of the Newroz fire”.
Xelil also drew attention to the assaults against North and East Syria, saying, “There is revolution which is expanding gradually despite all assaults. We are in a difficult stage of the revolution”.
Recalling the occupation in Afrin, Xelil said the occupants first destroyed the statue of Kawa the Blacksmith. “They aimed to remove the symbol of resistance, the unity of peoples and Kurds, and the rebirth symbol of Newroz by destroying the statue of Kawa the Blacksmith”.
Xelil noted the fire of Newroz was lit together by everyone, not only by Kurds, and “now we are improving the democratic Syrian revolution together with all peoples and we will win”.
ENKS should choose its identity
Xelil discussed the call of so-called Syrian opposition to ENKS for celebrating the Newroz Festival in Afrin together and said, “ENKS’s current attitude has nothing to do with patriotism. Those whom they chose as comrades are the ones who occupied our lands. The ones who aim to destroy our identity in Afrin. They want to change the demographic structure. They want to change the identity of the region. ENKS is also a member. Their friends from the opposition say for Afrin ‘It has been liberated’, not ‘It has been occupied’. We say that Afrin has been occupied. ENKS cannot speak the truth. Their friends reveal their real identity by saying ‘liberated’. ENKS has no identity. It should choose its identity. If they are really patriotic, they should protect their nation and take up a national position. They should not talk about patriotism when they act together with the enemy”.
Stating that there were two ways to agree with ENKS, Xelil noted, “First we either accept them or they will accept us. There are no other ways otherwise. Afrin is a wound in our hearts. It is not possible to agree given what happened to Afrin. We cannot accept it. ENKS should know this, we cannot be a part of any agreement as long as Afrin is under occupation”.
Xelil commented on the claims regarding the health conditions of Abdullah Öcalan, saying, “Every statement made by Öcalan was a source of motivation for our people. The association has been realised thanks to the ideas of leader Öcalan. Our enemy’s methods against Öcalan have been ineffective. Now they are using this new method. They are scared of leader Öcalan. The conspirator Turkish state must release Öcalan immediately”.