Thursday, October 28, 2010

Proposal for Ocalan at PACE

28 October 2010

"Assuring measures before the upcoming elections in Turkey” was proposed by 28 European parliamentarians

A proposal was presented at the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) to establish an observatory committee to oversee the current ceasefire and to take necessary steps to let Abdullah Ocalan to involve in politics.

The proposal entitled “Assuring measures before the upcoming elections in Turkey” was proposed by 28 parliamentarians. The proposal also suggested mother tongue education for the Kurds and reducing the 10% electoral threshold.

The proposal continues: “respecting the ceasefire by the both sides, forming an international observatory committee to determine and report ceasefire violations, taking necessary steps in order to let the political prisoners to take part in ‘normal’ political life, reducing the 10% threshold in order to empower democracy and teaching Kurdish at state schools.”

Kurdish MP Pervin Buldan of BDP welcoming the proposal said the ceasefire should be bilateral and an amnesty for the political prisoners should issued. Meanwhile, MP of the Nationalistic Movement Party (MHP) called on the Turkish PM in order to prevent the proposal to be discussed at the General Assembly.

The proposal was prepared by the British MP John Austin and other MP’s who called on Turkey to sign and ratify the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM), European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages and do reforms in accordance with the European Charter of Local Self-Government.