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Kurdistan Worker’s Party Cautions Turkey of Long Battle for Freedom

The Kurdish rebel PKK movement told BBC that, it is ready to build up its fight against Turkey for Ankara is trying to make it submit.

Cemil Bayik, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader said to the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was “escalating this war.’’

“The Kurds’ll defend themselves to end, so long as this is the Turkish approach – of course the PKK will escalate the war,” he said.

Discretely, an advisor to Mr. Erdogan lined out any discussions with PKK.

Ilnur Cevik, the Turkish presidential adviser had told Mark Lowen of BBC that PKK was “trying to create separate state in Turkey – this’s outright secession”.

When inquired if there’s any chance of cooperation, he replied: “At the moment, no”.

Kurdistan Worker’s Party Cautions Turkey of Long Battle for Freedom
Kurdish rebels shot at a Turkish army base on the country’s border with Iraq

He added that President Erdogan had widely held support for military campaign.

However, Mr. Bayik, who is PKK’s military leader, insisted, “we do not want to separate from Turkey & set up a state”.

“We do not want to divide Turkey. We want to live within borders of Turkey on our own land freely… The struggle will continue until Kurds’ innate rights are accepted.”

He also said that the Turkish intransigence had made PKK ready to worsen the conflict “not only in Kurdistan, but in rest of Turkey as well”.

The chief adviser to Erdogan, Ilnur Cevik: “What they’re doing at moment is trying to create separate state in Turkey. This’s outright secession.’’

“We’re going to struggle right to bitter end to stop this, and the Turkish people are now determined – say the public opinion polls. They say, ‘do not stop’.”

Bayik said, “President Erdogan wants Kurds to surrender. If they do not surrender, he wants to kill all Kurds. He says this openly – he does not hide it.’’

“The Kurds will defend themselves to end, so long as this’s the Turkish approach – of course PKK will escalate the war. Not only in Kurdistan, but in rest of Turkey as well.”

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