War and Peace in Kurdistan
Essay on the perspectives of peace in Kurdistan by PKK-leader Ocalan
The Kurdish settlement area comprises the entire Middle East. Hence, all Kurdish aspirations to nationhood will always involve several Middle Eastern countries and sources of conflict.
In this essay, Abdullah Öcalan gives an overview of the historical background of the Kurdish question and offers options and possible solutions.
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About the Author
Abdullah Ocalan was the leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party, the PKK. He was eventually kidnapped while abroad in 1999, and has been in prison in Turkey ever since.
Abdullah Ocalan was the most wanted man in Turkey for almost two decades until he was kidnapped in Kenya and brought to Turkey in 1999. He has been in prison ever since.
From 1984, under his leadership, the PKK fought for an independent Kurdish state in the south east of Turkey. In a sustained popular uprising, tens of thousands of PKK guerrillas took on the second largest army in NATO.
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