Kurdish youth send letter to President Erdoğan, call for peace

Published 24.08.2015 00:00
Updated 24.08.2015 16:24

A letter claiming to represent Kurdish youths opposed to PKK violence has been sent to Turkey's president, on Monday, calling for an end to "terror and death" in the country.

"We, as Kurdish youths who want to live in peace in this country, say 'edi bese' [enough is enough in Kurdish] to those who do not promise anything else [apart] from terror and death," the letter reads, according to 28-year-old Emrah İnanç, who leads the group.

The same group around a month ago launched an online petition to call for an end to the violence and denounced terrorism; it currently has around 6,500 signatures.

Turkey launched what is publicly known as the reconciliation process in 2013 to end the decades-old conflict with the PKK, a dispute which has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people over more than 30 years.

However, after a new wave of attacks against Turkish security forces in the country's southeastern regions in July, Ankara has conducted air raids against the PKK for the first time in the last two-and-a-half years.

Operations against the PKK are ongoing across the country. The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU.
İnanç noted that the letter highlighted the fact that the Kurdish youth were "the biggest sufferers" in the latest wave of violence.

"You [Erdoğan] have reconciled the brotherhood [between Turks and Kurds] in this country. You've provided the launching of a state TV, which broadcasts in Kurdish for 24 hours a day and for Kurdish to be an elective course [at schools] ... We are the witnesses of the sacrifices that you've made for your Kurdish brothers," the letter reads.

"Kurds and Turks are brothers. We will not allow any trick to harm our brotherhood," it added.

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