Doubts over Talabani’s offer

An Iraqi official said on Monday that Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has been holding »»

An Iraqi official said on Monday that Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has been holding negotiations with the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to urge the organization to declare a cease-fire. The official said Talabani thinks clashes between Turkey and the PKK will have a negative influence on northern Iraq and Iraq as a whole, if they are not dealt with soon.

“Is this the man who can convince the PKK to lay down its arms?” asks Yeni Şafak’s İbrahim Karagül and adds that it is strange that whenever Turkey attempts to take some serious steps towards solving its terrorism issue and whenever relations between Turkey and the US improve, Talabani gets up on stage and says he will convince the PKK to declare a cease-fire. He makes some promising statements, stirs up the public’s excitement and then after a few days everything he says is forgotten. Karagül says he doesn’t believe the “peace envoy” role Talabani pretends to adopt. He explains his reasoning saying that in September 2006, Talabani claimed he was going to convince the PKK to enter into a truce with Turkey. During the same time period, Talabani was threatening Turkey through the American media, saying that Turkey was meddling with the internal affairs of Iran, Syria and Iraq and that at that rate Iraq was prepared to start supporting opposition groups in Turkey, namely the PKK, at any time. Talabani always makes such controversial and conflicting statements just before critical developments in the region. The columnist says we will wait and see what will become of Talabani’s statements now.

“Even the probability of peace between the PKK and the Turkish state makes us excessively happy. It would be wonderful if this war finally ends. Yet, we have seen in our past experiences that both parties have ‘deep structures’ within them and when a signal of peace is seen, these structures just plan another bloody attack,” Taraf’s Ahmet Altan says. He adds that despite these recent positive developments, many of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) deputies have been detained as part of operations against the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) terrorist organization. How can we have peace while frustrating Kurds more and more? It would be wonderful to see the end of the war with the PKK, yet as long as the state continues to upset, hurt and degrade Kurds, how can this peace be maintained? Silencing guns is just a part of the solution to the country’s Kurdish issue; however, the issue can only be solved for good when Kurds have nothing to complain about, Altan says.