Appeal to UN-Secretary General
Mr. Kofi Annan
United Nations Organization
One United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017, USA
Dear Secretary General,
We appeal to you to intervene in the case of Abdullah Ocalan, President
of the Kurdistan Workers Party who was recently sentenced to death
Mr Ocalan has repeatedly formulated proposals for a peaceful solution
to the Turkish-Kurdish con-flict within the internationally recognized
borders of the Turkish Republic. In this context the life or death
of Mr Ocalan will make the difference between peace or war. The
execution of the death pe-nalty would most certainly have incalculable
consequences for the co-existence of the Turkish and Kurdish peoples.
It would exacerbate what is already a bitter and protracted conflict.
The threat to peace, stability and security would be perpetuated
far into the 21st century. Doubtless this is not in the interests
of the international community of nations.
An international intervention aimed at preventing the execution
of Abdullah Ocalan coupled with an initiative by the United Nations
paving the way for an international conference for resolving the
Kurdish question, are now imperative. The UN should, as a matter
of urgency, give priority to the issue of Kurdistan on its Agenda
We urge you to take whatever steps will be necessary to help prevent
any further escalation of the Turkish-Kurdish conflict and to lay
the foundation for its peaceful resolution.