KURDISH leader Abdullah Ocalan has called for a truce in the PKK organisation’s 30-year guerrilla campaign in Turkey.
London’s Green MEP Jean Lambert, welcomed the call for peace, which was made as Kurdish people around the world celebrate Newroz, Kurdish New Year.
Ms Lambert said: “As many as 40,000 people have died since the PKK begun its campaign for a Kurdish homeland in South-eastern Turkey, that’s 40,000 deaths too many. – on all sides.
“I welcome this truce call, which follows months of peace talks between the Turkish government and the PKK, a hope for a serious, positive response.”
Ms Lambert made her comments as she prepared to attend Newroz celebrations in the Town Hall in Hackney, home to one of the UK’s largest Kurdish communities.
Hackney’s civic Newroz celebrations will take place tonight (Thursday, March 21st) from 6pm until 9pm.
Ms Lambert added: “The Kurdish community makes a vital contribution to the social, democratic and cultural life of our city and are constructively engaged in creating a more equal society.
“Last month the European Parliament discussed recent attempts to move towards a lasting peace for Turkey and the Kurdish people and I welcome all the signs that the coming year will bring continued progress towards lasting peace and democracy. I hope we see similar progress in other countries in the region.
“I wish all Kurdish people in London and around the world a very happy Newroz.”