Nalbandian: Racism and racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance grossly violate human dignity and give rise to tensions within and between societies. That is why the fight against them became one of the main priorities of our chairmanship.
by Ashot Safaryan
"We fight for freedom of not only the Kurdish people, but also the Armenian and other peoples and religions," claims Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed Kurdish leader. Ocalan is currently serving life sentence on Imrali Island. His appeal was transferred through the Justice Ministry of Turkey, local media outlets said.
In his two-page appeal Ocalan touches also upon the Armenian Genocide issue recalling that after "vicious genocide" Armenians proved strong enough to hold out through severe fight and genuine efforts, "which is a miracle".
According to the Kurdish leader, they have always respected the Armenian people. "The 'poison' of the nationalist state and the government has turned these lands into cemetery of peoples and cultures. We fought for freedom of not only Kurds but also other peoples living here. Despite difficulties, our fight for peace will not affect any other nation," Ocalan says in the appeal.