GUE/NGL Group Chair: Öcalan must be contacted

EP GUE/NGL Group Chairperson Zimmer demands Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan be contacted and heard from.

Gaby Zimmer, Chair of the Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL), answered ANF’s question and said, “It is essential that Öcalan be heard from.”

Zimmer said they know about the demonstrations Kurds have been holding in front of the Council of Europe and the CPT for 23 days and added: “We are also concerned that Öcalan hasn’t been heard from in a long time.”

She stated that the solution to the Kurdish issue is directly connected to Öcalan.


European parliamentary group GUE/NGL Chairperson Gaby Zimmer pointed out that the European Union’s institutions and member states also have a responsibility in this matter and pointed out that having PKK on the list of terrorist organizations will not resolve this problem.