‘Freedom of Öcalan key to achieving peace’ - Molloy
Sinn Féin MP Francie Molloy has reiterated calls for the immediate release of Abdullah Öcalan to advance peace in the region.
The Mid Ulster MP was speaking after addressing a rally outside Westminster calling for the Kurdish leader to be released.
Francie Molloy said:
“Sinn Féin have always been a party of international solidarity and know from our own political struggle the value and strength that international solidarity can provide.
“We have always held the cause of the Kurdish people close to us and we believe they have a right to self-determination and to democratically decide their own future.
“The ongoing conflict in Syria has been used by opposition to wage an onslaught against the Kurdish people, who are defending their autonomy and their rights.
“Kurdish fighters in the People’s Protection Units (YPG) are the biggest bulwark against the spread of ISIS. They have fought bravely, relying on their own meagre resources, to protect civilians in northern Syria and Iraq.
“In order to achieve a just and lasting peace, the Turkish government must release Kurdish leader, Abdullah Öcalan, a firm supporter and main architect of peace initiatives.
“The Turkish government needs to restart the peace process with the Kurds and respect the rights of all its people as a matter of urgency.”