The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) decided not to take any military actions against Turkey until the wounds of the earthquake disaster heal, Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) Executive Council co-chair and PKK commander Cemil Bayık announced on Thursday night.
Due to Monday’s two massive earthquakes that hit southeastern Turkey and northern Syria, Bayık urged Kurdish forces to “cease military actions in Turkey, in metropolitans and cities” and called on everyone to focus on the fallout from the deadly earthquake.
“Everyone should mobilise all their resources,” said Bayık. “Everyone should mobilise to save our people who are under the rubble. Everyone, especially democratic institutions, should mobilise all their means for this.”
The commander noted that this decision of armistice is valid “until the pain of the people is relieved and their wounds are healed,” adding that Turkey’s attitude would also be decisive on its continuity.
“We respect people and human life. That’s why we don’t want to inflict pain upon pain. We evaluated this citation humanely, conscientiously and morally,” concluded Bayık. “Again, we decided not to take action unless the Turkish state comes against us and attacks us.”
Saying that governments should take precautions against earthquakes, especially in risky countries such as Turkey, Bayık stressed that although the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has been ruling the country for 20 years, they only invested in the war against the Kurds. He emphasised that even the earthquake taxes collected from the people were spent on the war and therefore no precautions were taken.
The reason why Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a state of emergency in earthquake regions was to cover up his responsibility for the disaster, however, the independent media revealed all the lies of the government, according to the Commander.
Bayık expressed his condolences to the earthquake victims and he called on the Turkish and Kurdish people to continue to act with solidarity.
“They [the Turkish government] want to prevent the aid sent by the people to the earthquake zones, they want to block the cooperation between the peoples. … Therefore, the Kurds and Turks should continue to cooperate in every way. They should not allow the government to prevent solidarity.”