Saturday, November 28, 2009

Kurdish MP from Turkey to visit House of Lords


London – Akin Birdal, an MP for the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) and a former Chairman of the Human Rights Association of Turkey (IHD) will speak on Wednesday 9 December on the Kurdish peace initiative of the government.

Birdal was an independent candidate for Diyarbakır during the general election in July 2007 and was voted into the parliament. He joined the DTP in parliament and is also a member of the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee.

The meeting hosted by Lord Rea, will discuss the initiative of the ruling Islamic Justice and Development party (AKP) that has launched an initiative to solve the Kurdish question. The meeting will emphasize the ‘the Kurdish people’s overwhelming desire for a peaceful resolution’ and the need to include the PKK rebels and the PKK-leader Abdullah Ocalan in the process.

According to the organizers of evening, the Peace in Kurdistan Campaign, the AKP’s interest of achieving a solution remains in doubt and seems to be calculated to win the Kurdish vote in the forthcoming elections. The organizers say there is a need for a change in direction by Turkey. “The Kurds have demonstrated consistently that they want to resolve the conflict that has become too costly in both lives and resources.”

© Rudaw