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Turkey: Cemil Bayik and the PKK’s Strategy

The chairman of the KCK (Group of Communities in Kurdistan) and the de facto leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, PKK, Cemil Bayik recently gave an interview to Firat News Agency to discuss a range of issues including 15 July coup attempt, outlook for the Kurdish peace process and PKK’s short-term strategy.

Cemil Bayik’s main emphasis throughout the interview was that the current fighting between Turkey and the PKK is a war of choice, emphasizing that this choice belongs to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his executive-presidential ambitions. Bayik is signaling that the PKK will de-escalate if Erdogan will.

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