BDP delegation visits İmralı for Öcalan's response

World Bulletin / News Desk

A group of deputies from the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) travelled to İmralı Island on Sunday to meet with imprisoned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan and hear his response to a letter sent to him by the commanders of the PKK bases in the Kandil Mountains. The delegation included BDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş and deputies Sırrı Süreyya Önder and Pervin Buldan.

The group went to the island early on Sunday morning and returned in the afternoon. Öcalan was expected to send a message about the withdrawal of PKK militants from Turkey and whether it would be with their weapons.

In early April, the same BDP delegation first travelled to İmralı and then to Kandil to help Öcalan and Kandil exchange views on the settlement process by letters.

Öcalan, imprisoned on the island of İmralı in the Marmara Sea off İstanbul, and National Intelligence Organization (MİT) officials have been engaging in negotiations since October last year. The negotiations have come to be called the “peace process” or the “settlement process.” In March, in a historic letter read by BDP deputies at a Nevruz celebration, Öcalan ordered his organization's militants to pull out from Turkey as part of a new “era of peace” in which no guns or violence will be used to pursue the Kurdish cause.



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