European Union External Action

Statement by the Spokesperson on the announcement of Abdullah Öcalan's call to the PKK to hold an extraordinary congress to decide to lay down arms

The EU welcomes today's announcement - at a joint press conference by the Government and the HDP - of Abdullah Öcalan's call to the PKK to hold an extraordinary congress to decide to lay down arms in the Spring. 

This is, as also expressed by Deputy Prime Minister Akdoğan, a positive step forward in the peace process. We hope that all parties will seize the opportunity to make decisive progress towards reconciliation and democratisation. As ever, the EU gives the strongest political support to this process and repeats its readiness to provide practical help, including through pre-accession funding.