The KCK is an umbrella organisation made up of several Kurdish groups, including the PKK.
In a televised message, Bayık said that the extent of the destruction and the high number of casualties were the results of the Turkish state’s lack of preparedness for earthquakes. The Kurdish leader accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Islamoconservative AKP and its partner, far-right MHP, of squandering money in wars instead of spending it on preparing for possible earthquakes.
Bayık warned that the PKK reserves the option to retaliate if Turkish security forces attack PKK members.
The PKK and the Turkish state have been in military conflict since 1984, with brief periods of ceasefire. The war between the two actors has resulted in around 60,000 deaths.