It is time for arms to be silenced and ideas to speak

It is time for arms to be silenced and ideas to speak

Kurdish leader Öcalan has said that "It is time for arms to be silenced and ideas to speak. The bloodshed is going on, giving harm to all peoples in this territory. Politics will move ahead of weapons now".

"It is time for our armed powers to witdraw from the borders. This is a new beginning, not an end. It is the beginning of a new struggle for ethnic minorities. We all bear great responsibilities for the democratization of all peoples and cultures on these lands. I call on all other peoples in this territory to lead a life on the basis of freedom and equality" said Öcalan.

"Capitalist modernity-based policy of denial and destruction is contrary to today's conditions. I call for the construction of democratic modernity. It is time for unity and alliance, not conflict".

And he went on by recalling that "Turks and Kurds opened the parliament in 1920 together. We built the past together and now we need to maintain it together".

"I call on all circles to side with democratic modernity which is seeked by all peoples in the Middle East and Middle Asia. There is an urgent, impelling need for a new model that should be led by culture and time".

And "I call on all circles siding with equality, liberation and free thought to support this model. It is time to get united against all those who aim to seperate us. Peoples of Middle East now want to rise again shoulder to shoulder. This Newroz is a good news for all of us".

The Kurdish leader added "the new struggle is based on thought, ideology and democratic politics and beginning of a new democratic process".

Öcalan ended by saying "I salute all those who support the democratic peace proposal and shoulder responsibility for the brotherhood of peoples".