ORHAN – What does calan’s ‘self-criticism’ mean?

What does calan’s ‘self-criticism’ mean?Abdullah calan, founder of the Kurdistan Workersand#39 Party (PKK), made important statements to the delegation talking to him in prison and announced that he would be engaging in some self-criticism We will wait and see how these statements affect the settlement process, but it is possible to argue that they will relieve the PKK. It seems that calan told the PKK that they, not him, were right.

And this attitude is fairly important for the fate and course of the settlement process. The PKK was unable to espouse the content of calanand#39s letter on March 21, 2013 — they failed to make preparations for peace and a cease-fire.

The major items and issues on the agenda for pro-Kurdish politics have not untangled issues like violence, politics and disarmament from one another, particularly following the developments in Kobani. At this stage, calan says his orders to the PKK were not timely and that he criticizes himself for his failure in terms of timing, implying that he aligns himself with the PKK and its strategy.

calan apologized to the Turkish people, noting that he regrets inviting the PKK militants to Habur because it was premature and the conditions were not suitable. However, everybody knows that the PKK used Habur for psychological superiority.

Kurdish politicians sometimes refer to the Habur case as a road accident. However, it is not fair to hold the government responsible for this accident, nor is it realistic to do so.

What happened is that calan approved the PKKand#39s general strategic roadmap, which actually defies the settlement process and himself. Instead of issuing a statement of warning to his supporters in the wake of Kobani-related protests that took place Oct.

6-7, calan instead argued that the government should be blamed for the eruption of violence and that the governmentand#39s policies since Habur have led to disappointment. calan argued that order would not have disintegrated if the government had dealt with problems related to hydroelectric power plants and military outposts.

He also underlines that the PKK would keep hold over the initiative as well as a grip on manipulating public orderIn calanand#39s demands, released in writing and which have been made public, often called his roadmap, some commonly discussed issues are: legal assurance, negotiation, consolidated cease-fire, constitutional and social transformation and disarmament.There are many other issues discussed in the texts referred to above, but a review of its content reveals that there is a call for academic debate on the dispute.

For instance, calan wants debate on the political relations between the Kurds and the Turks. This could be helpful, but Turkey is already having this discussion now.

If, by legal assurance, heand#39s referring to the legal assurance for the settlement process, it should be noted that a bill adopted before the elections, which included legal assurance, was made for this purpose.The most interesting point in calanand#39s roadmap, and the one that attracts the greatest attention, is the issue of a consolidated cease-fire.

Given that the government actually observes the cease-fire, despite receiving strong criticism for doing so, it could be said that this is actually a valid and legitimate call for the PKK, which does not comply with the terms of the cease-fire. It is the PKK that violated these terms therefore, at this point, the PKK is the receiver of this call for a cease-fire.

calan, noting that political crises may be experienced if respective responsibilities are not fulfilled, will, of course, wait for the results of the 2015 general elections to talk to the other side of the negotiating table. His statements suggest that he is taking small break in the talks — a period of around six months without doing anything.

I hope this time will pass without violence.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman