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Turkey listens to father of PKK (terrorist Kurdish group) members for the first time
BayBak, Azerbaijan | 502 days ago | Friday, 6th January , 2012 , 11:23 [am] | Azerbaijan
|.||â€œFrom now on, everyone [in the country] shall hug each other. Letâ€™s [Turks and Kurds] become close relatives like we have been for thousands of years. If I have to sacrifice my life for this, I am ready for it as long as peace takes place in the country. When there is peace in the country, Iâ€™ll forget all my sorrow,â€ Mehmet Karakaya said.|
It was a historic moment when a father of a deceased PKK member and an active militant of the oulawed Kurdistan Workersâ€™ Party (PKK) attended a Parliamentary Human Rights Investigation Committee meeting for the first time in history, where he asked the state to take care of families of deceased PKK members, like it does the families of deceased Turkish soldiers and police.
The committee held a meeting titled â€œInvestigation of Violation of Human Rights in Counterterrorism Operations,â€™ and they listened to the concerns of Mehmet Karakaya, the father of a deceased PKK member. The meeting was led by Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Manisa deputy Naci BostancÄ±.
Mehmet Karakaya spoke to the committeeâ€™s deputies, and he said that one of his sons, Ahmet Serif Karakaya, who joined the outlawed organization in 2005 when he was 18 years old, was killed in a clash between Turkish security forces on Gabar Mountain in ÅžÄ±rnak, bordering northern Iraq, in 2009. Mentioning that his other son is currently a PKK militant, Mehmet Karakaya asked for peace between the PKK and the Turkish state.
Saying that his sonâ€™s body was not given to his family by the state, Mehmet Karakaya said, â€œI tried taking my sonâ€™s dead body [from state officials], but I was insulted by them. We donâ€™t even have a grave for our son that we can go to and read him prayers. The individuals who refused to give me my sonâ€™s dead body should stand trial.â€
He added that, despite all the issues he and the other families of terrorists are facing, he still see himself as part of the Turkish state. Mehmet Karakaya asked for the state to take care of the families of deceased PKK members like it does the families of soldiers and police killed in clashes with the PKK.
â€œFrom now on, everyone [in the country] shall hug each other. Letâ€™s [Turks and Kurds] become close relatives like we have been for thousands of years. If I have to sacrifice my life for this, I am ready for it as long as peace takes place in the country. When there is peace in the country, Iâ€™ll forget all my sorrow,â€ Mehmet Karakaya said.worldbulletin, Voice of a Nation