British main opposition leader: Öcalan must be free for peace

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the British main opposition Labour Party, stated that Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan must be free for the achievement of peace.

British main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn spoke at a meeting in London and emphasized that Kurdish people's right to self-determination must be recognised.

The meeting organised by British Kurdish People's Assembly was attended by many people from Kurdistan and Turkey, and moderated by Kate Osamor, Labour & Coop MP for Edmonton, Northern London.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn who made remarkable evaluations during the meeting stated that: “I have always said, if there will be a peace process and solution, Öcalan must be free and at the table. We will maintain our works in this regard.

The Trade Union Congress, the umbrella structure of all unions in the UK, has made a very important decision. A huge campaign is being run for the freedom of the Kurdish people and Öcalan. This is a significant development."


Mentioning the ongoing war in the Middle East, Corbyn recalled that hundreds of thousands have died and millions of others have been forcibly displaced during the course of this war. He stressed that: "A political solution must be found to end the Syrian war. Rights of peoples in Syria must be assured and rights of the Kurdish people must be recognised."

Corbyn continued: "I have been following Kurds closely for years, I know their history. Their identity was rejected as of 1920's. Their national rights were denied and rejected with the Sykes–Picot Agreement and other conventions led by international powers that have their eyes on those lands. Today, we are still facing with the problems caused by these agreements.

Kurds have always been denied up to date. If peace is wanted in the region, the Kurdish people's right to self-determination must be accepted. Our main motto on this subject is 'peace, human rights, justice and democracy'.

I have been to Kurdistan many times and witnessed the injustices there personally. On this matter, the British government must base its foreign policy on human rights, and make efforts serving the peoples' cultural and political rights and self-government."