Your correspondent also refers to a call to arms from the PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, and quotes him calling on his people to fight. This is hardly surprising given Turkey's blatant aggression, its denial of basic human rights to the Kurds, the destruction of homes and villages, and murder of civilians including women and children.
However, Mr Ocalan has said that he is not demanding secession from Turkey or changes in recognised national boundaries. He offered a ceasefire under international supervision in return for talks with Turkey without any other preconditions.
The ball is in Turkey's court, but western governments must ensure that Turkey accepts this offer. If gentle persuasion does not succeed, then they should end all political and military aid to Turkey forthwith. This dirty war of genocide against the Kurds has got to stop.
JOHN AUSTIN MP
(Erith and Thamesmead, Lab)
House of Commons
London SW1Reuse content