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Turkey should seize offer of peace from Kurdish guerilla leader

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Ian Traynor

The negotiations will be tricky, but Abdullah Öcalan has given the Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan a historic opportunity

Turkey’s public enemy number one did the Turkish government a big favour on Thursday. Abdullah Öcalan, the jailed Kurdish guerrilla leader and a man the prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, once said he would have liked to have seen hanged, called a ceasefire in one of the world’s worst and longest-running conflicts: 30 years of bloodletting between the Turkish army and Kurdish militants.

 

FACTBOX- Turkey moves towards peace with PKK militant group

from Yahoo News Photos

ISTANBUL, March 21 (Reuters) – Jailed militant leaderAbdullah Ocalan called on Thursday for his Kurdistan WorkersParty (PKK) fighters to halt hostilities with the Turkish state,the most significant step yet in efforts to end a three-decadeconflict. Following are some details on the PKK. * PKK ORIGINS – Abdullah Ocalan founded the group in 1978.It took up arms against Turkey in 1984 with the

 

Turkish gov?t dealing with Kurdish peace process: PM

from Hurriyet Daily News

The addressee of the process to find a peaceful solution to the Kurdish problem is the Turkish…

Turkey?s Dual Challenge: The Kurdish Question and Syria

by Acturca

Democratic Progress Institute (UK) 06/12/2012, 64 p. Cengiz Çandar * This paper, by Cengiz Çandar, considers two major issues currently faced by Turkey: that of the Kurdish Question and that of the Syrian predicament. * Cengiz Çandar is a senior journalist and columnist specialising in areas such as the ?Kurdish Question,? a former war correspondent

Les Kurdes espèrent un « printemps de paix » avec Ankara

by Acturca

La Croix (France) no. 39537, jeudi 21 mars 2013, p. 8 Burcin Gercek, Diyarbakir (Turquie), correspondance particulière Le chef de la guérilla kurde, Abdullah Öcalan, doit annoncer le retrait de Turquie de ses combattants. Le Newroz, le Nouvel An kurde célébré le 21 mars, prend une tout autre signification cette année à Diyarbakir, capitale du

Historic call for Turkish-Kurdish peace

by Acturca

Deutsche Welle (Germany)  21.03.2013 Ayhan Simsek Jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan has called for a ceasefire and urged armed followers to withdraw from Turkey. Experts, however, still expect a long and difficult peace process. Turkey and its Kurdish population have taken a major step toward ending the three-decade conflict that has claimed more than

CHP leader issues indirect response to Diyarbakır Nevruz celebrations

from Hurriyet Daily News

Main opposition Republican People?s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has taken to social media

 

Highlights of Öcalan Text

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

 

Full Text in Turkish | İmralı Cezaevi 21 Mart 2013

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

The road ahead for Turkey and the PKK

from Yahoo News Photos

In all its years of clashes with the Kurds, Turkey has finally decided that political efforts may be more effective than its military advantage

Addressee of process is government, Turkish PM Erdoğan says

from Hurriyet Daily News

The addressee of the process to find a peaceful solution to the Kurdish problem is the Turkish.

PKK truce may bring Turkey closer to EU

from Yahoo News Photos

BRUSSELS, March 21 (UPI) — The European community sees peace with the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party as building confidence, the European Parliament said Thursday.

Bahçeli: PM legitimized PKK leader

from Hurriyet Daily News

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli accused Prime Minister Erdoğan of legitimizing the jailed leader..

Tone of Öcalan’s message matches spirit of the process, says PM?s adviser Akdoğan

from Hurriyet Daily News

The tone of the message from the jailed leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) matched the spirit of the ongoing peace process and heeds sensitivities

Kurdish Leader Declares Truce With Turkey

from NYT > Turkey by By SEBNEM ARSU

The move, including the retreat of P.K.K. fighters, provides the best chance yet for an effort toward peace and a constitution that protects Kurds.

Jailed Leader of the Kurds Offers a Truce With Turkey

from NYT > Turkey by By SEBNEM ARSU; Ceylan Yeginsu contributed reporting from Istanbul, and Tim Arango from Baghdad.

The jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan on Thursday called for a cease-fire and ordered all his fighters off Turkish soil, in a landmark moment for a newly energized effort to end three decades of armed conflict with the Turkish government.

US welcomes Öcalan’s call, hails Turkish government’s step

from Hurriyet Daily News

The United States expressed its support March 21 for the call for a cease-fire.

Kurdish families separated by decades of conflict hold their breath for peace

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Constanze Letsch

Fatma watches historic ceasefire call she hopes will one day reunite her with the daughter she has not seen for 20 years

Glued to the TV screen in her small Istanbul home, Fatma watches the Kurdish new year celebrations in faraway Diyarbakir, witnessing a historic ceasefire call that she hopes will one day reunite her with the daughter she has not seen for 20 years.

Absence of flag causes mayhem at Turkish Parliament

from Hurriyet Daily News

The absence of a Turkish flag at Nevruz celebrations in Diyarbakır during which hundreds

Newroz à Diyarbakir ? le message de paix d?Öcalan (en kurde et en turc)

from YOL (routes de Turquie et d’ailleurs) by anne

The Turkish Spring

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in the predominantly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir in eastern Turkey today not only to celebrate Newroz, the Kurdish New Year, but to hear a historic message from the jailed leader of the Kurdish PKK, Abdullah Ocalan, which was read to the crowd in Turkish and Kurdish by a Kurdish parliamentarian. (Here is his entire message in Turkish.) In it, Ocalan calls for a ceasefire to the decades-old struggle between the PKK and the Turkish state that has cost more than 35,000 lives. He said the PKK was leaving its armed struggle behind and called for all PKK fighters to leave Turkey. According to news reports, Ocalan?s message said, among other things,

Timeline: Kurdish militant group PKK’s three-decade war with Turkey

from Yahoo News Photos

(Reuters) – Jailed militant leader Abdullah Ocalan called on Thursday for his Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters to halt hostilities with Turkish armed forces, the most significant step yet in efforts to end a three-decade conflict. Below is a list of key dates and landmark moments 1978: Abdullah Ocalan, a student at Ankara University, forms PKK as a clandestine Marxist group. August 1984 .

Kurdish ceasefire boosts peace process in Turkey

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Constanze Letsch

Historic gesture by PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan shows peace talks launched last year are building momentum

The jailed Kurdish guerrillas’ leader, Abdullah Öcalan , has used the Kurdish new year celebrations to call a ceasefire in the 30-year war with the Turkish state in the biggest boost to an incipient peace process in years.

President Gül, parliament speaker sit down to discuss new charter

from Hurriyet Daily News

President Abdullah Gül is informed by Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek over the latest developments in efforts to re-write the constitution at a time when the Kurdish issue tops the agenda

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