August 22, 2014
QANDIL,— The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) said in a statement on Thursday that its guerrilla forces had carried out a series of retaliatory actions on Wednesday evening in response to the attacks in Lice in southeastern Turkey where a civilian was killed by Turkish troops after the demolition of a statue of Mahsum Korkmaz, Agit, a leading commander of PKK, at the “Şehîd Amed u Hevîdar Şehitliği” (Martyrs’ Cemetery) on August 19. Report by ekurd.com
PKK said a total of 9 Turkish soldiers and policemen were killed in guerrilla actions in Karaz (Kocaköy) village of Diyarbakir in Turkish Kurdistan, and 3 soldiers were killed in Lice.
According to the statement, the first retaliatory action was carried out in Karaz village of Diyarbakir where guerrilla forces deployed in three separate positions targeted the police headquarters, military lodging and district governor’s residence on August 20 evening. PKK remarked that following the guerrilla action, in which 9 soldiers and policemen were killed, the Turkish military delivered the casualties to Diyabakir.
Another action PKK said- targeted the Angul military post’s security hill, leaving one soldier dead the same day.
The statement remarked that Kurdish guerrilla forces also carried out an attack withwww.Ekurd.net heavy weaponry on the Korxê military post in Lice district on August 20. Two Turkish soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in the guerrilla action.
PKK noted that guerrillas also carried out a warning action against the Turkish army which -it added- didn’t fulfill what is necessary for the resolution process- hitting the Amutka military post under construction in Aliboğazı area in Dersim the same day. The exact number of casualties couldn’t be made clear, PKK added.
Erdogan, who was elected president this month, launched clandestine negotiations with jailed Kurdish PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan in 2012.
In a statement from his cell on the prison island of Imrali, Ocalan said last Saturday that Turkey was on the verge of “historic developments” and that the conflict was “coming to an end”.
Last week, Ocalan met chief of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT), Hakan Fidan, in his island prison. Sources said Ocalan received positive responses to his demands related to the “establishment of a monitoring board and negotiation delegations, as well as the improvement of working conditions,” sources said.
Since it was established in 1984 the PKK has been fighting the Turkish state, which still denies the constitutional existence of Kurds, with the aim of creating an independent Kurdish state, but now limited its demands to to establish an autonomous Kurdish region and more cultural rights for ethnic Kurds.