Öcalan?s ‘historic call’ to be released on Nevruz

from Hurriyet Daily News

Abdullah Öcalan, the jailed leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK).

Öcalan to deliver message on March 21: BDP

from Hurriyet Daily News

The jailed leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK), Abdullah Öcalan, will announce a call

 

Turkey set to launch Northern Ireland-style peace process with PKK

from Yahoo News Photos

Turkey expects the Kurdistan Workers Party terrorist group to declare a ceasefire next week in a move that will begin a Northern Ireland-style peace process to end one of the world bloodiest conflicts, a senior official has said.

UPDATE 1-Jailed Kurdish rebel to make “historic call” in Turkey peace process

from Yahoo News Photos

(Adds quotes, background) ISTANBUL, March 18 (Reuters) – Jailed Kurdish rebel leaderAbdullah Ocalan said he would make a “historic call” onThursday, raising expectations of ceasefire that could help enda 28-year-old conflict which has riven Turkey , killing some40,000 people, and battered its economy. Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) leader SelahattinDemirtas, a member of parliament

Turkey?s AKP-Kurdish Constitution

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White

The irony doesn?t escape me that the new constitution (a preliminary draft of which was leaked last week) appears to be being written primarily by a coalition of AKP and the Kurdish BDP (Peace and Democracy Party), with the internally divided CHP and the nationalist MHP on the margins. All four parties have a place on the Constitution Conciliation Commission, which has dealt with about 110 articles, but has reached consensus on only 30. The Commission is due to finish its work, come hell or high water, by April 23rd, the 93rd anniversary of Parliament?s inauguration. The alliance between AKP and BDP, although not agreeing on every point, has given these parties greater clout in moving the process forward. In an essay about the specifics of the process,Hurriyet Daily News parses some of the word changes being considered to the preamble and first four articles. One example:

 

 

Turkey?s strongman broadens his appeal

from FT.com – World, Europe

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey?s prime minister, has gained support with people who link his rule with the growing prosperity of the past decade

The coming Kurdish spring

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Gary Kent

British recognition of the genocide against Iraqi Kurds reinforces their significant political and economic successes of the past ten years since the ‘liberation’ of the Iraq war. What future lies ahead for those in neighbouring Kurdistans?

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