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Karayylan's reply to call for cease-fire.

ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- A group of Kurdish intellectuals known as Denge Demokrat (Voice of Democrats) has introduced two important statements right before the holy month of Ramadan: support for Leyla Zana and a call for a cease-fire.

I undersigned the first call. I supported this initiative because I care about Zana's statements and I believe that in fact her ideas could serve as the start of an initiative which will save pro-Kurdish politics from the current stalemate and impasse.

The remarks and views expressed by Zana are in stark contrast with the opposing views, and maybe pro-Kurdish politics will find another way out by this clash of ideals.

When asked to undersign the call drafted by the Denge Democrat group for introducing a cease-fire in the holy month of Ramadan, I remained undecided.

But of course, if guns are to be silenced for even one single day and if one human being can be saved, this initiative should be encouraged and supported.

I had a long phone call with Turan SarytemE-r, speaker of the group, who also lost two of his brothers in this dirty war and asked: "Of course, everybody should do their best to stop this bloodshed. We all are responsible for the deaths of young people who die young. What could be the value of my signature to the call?"

Of course, those who undersigned that call made a strong statement on behalf of the conscience of the people and for the sake of brotherhood and peace.

But sadly, this was not welcomed by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) Head Murat Karayylan strongly reacted to this statement and its drafters. This call was not just made to the PKK. The drafters of the statement also called on the government to stop its military operations. The PKK does not want a strong call for peace and desire by the people for achieving peace; even the slightest possibility of peace intimidates the PKK. Of course, there are many reasons for this. Those who are familiar with the Kurdish issue may appreciate why the PKK is so afraid of peace because it is not hard to understand. I believe that with the exception of leftist groups, everybody has understood this fact. These groups, however, still refrain from criticizing the PKK's violence and its armed struggle. For this reason, these circles make strong and excessive criticisms and accusations vis-Ea-vis Leyla Zana which are not even directed by the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) and the PKK. If possible, even before the PKK, these groups should be convinced that peace is strongly needed. I do not know how it should be done but apparently, unless the Turkish left is convinced, and unless they condemn the PKK violence, peace will never be achieved in this country.

It seems that the Turkish left has surrounded the PKK and the BDP through its ideology. Pro-Kurdish politics have been, for years, supported by this leftist tendency. Now, some liberals have also joined the leftist groups, stressing that Kurds should not lay down arms. Their position is based on the same justifications and reasons, including the belief that only Kurds could topple Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an and his government. These liberals make some strange statements for example, that at least half of the Kurds are ready for an armed uprising. Frankly speaking, even the leftists have not made such extreme remarks so far. Some of those who undersigned the call for a cease-fire do not make clear statements and rely on some vague cliches when it comes to the PKK violence.

None of them would have undersigned the call if it had not included a statement also calling on the state to stop the operations because both the leftists and the liberals do not have a clear stance vis-Ea-vis the armed struggle. Karayylan had rushed to respond to these people who said: "Violence should be stopped at least in Ramadan. He who kills one person means he has killed the entire humankind; and he who keeps one person alive has kept the entire humanity alive."

Karayylan announced that he viewed this call as a special warfare method as the statement was undersigned by some BDP politicians and deputies, some intellectuals close to the BDP and representatives of civil society organizations. He accused the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) of relying on special warfare techniques by mobilizing the groups and circles that are close to the PKK.

Viewing the Denge Democrat group and the people asking for peace as part of special warfare game is no different from asking the people not to do anything about the ongoing war.

Note: May the holy month of Ramadan bring joy to all, and may hearts of all be filled with peace and love in this time of glory.

ORHAN MyROy[currency]LU (Cihan/Today's Zaman) CyHAN

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