Happy ending for the first session.

Kurds Released After Surrender to Turkish Authorities

SILOPI, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkey on Tuesday freed a group of Kurdish rebels who had surrendered to the army after returning from Iraq, a move which could help efforts to end a 25-year old separatist conflict.
Eight fighters from a PKK camp in the Kandil Mountains wait ...

Eight fighters from a PKK camp in the Kandil Mountains wait before their departure to the border of Turkey to surrender to Turkish authorities in the northern Iraqi town of Arbil October 19, 2009. A group of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) guerrillas is expected to surrender to Turkish military forces on Monday in a gesture of support for Turkey’s Kurdish initiative, a PKK official said late on Saturday. Eight fighters from a PKK camp in the Kandil Mountains in northern Iraq will cross the border to Turkey on the wishes of imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, said Rouzh Welat, a member of the group’s foreign affairs department.REUTERS/Cihan/Alihan Hasanoglu

Powell calls Turkey’s Kurdish move ‘great step forward’ – Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Requests of the Peace Groups

from Bianet :: English
The peace groups entered Turkey yesterday crossing the Iraqi border. They describe themselves as ambassadors for peace and came with letters explaining their demands, “We did not come to benefit from active repentance. We want the initiative to solve the Kurdish question to continue, we want to live together freely and equally”.

Turkish Kurds demonstrate in support of Kurdish rebels in Istanbul, ...

Turkish Kurds demonstrate in support of Kurdish rebels in Istanbul, Turkey, Monday, Oct. 19, 2009. A small group of unarmed Kurdish rebels in combat dress crossed into Turkey from northern Iraq on Monday in a show of support for peace with the Turkish government. Thirty-four Kurds walked across the Iraqi-Turkish Habur border gate, where they were immediately detained by paramilitary police and moved to the headquarters of a nearby military battalion for questioning by four prosecutors, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported. The banner reads: ‘Open the way for peace.’

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Fate of 5 Kurdish rebels who surrendered could influence Turkish peace efforts

On the Brink of a Historic Period

from Bianet :: English
At last the Kurdish uprising may come to an end by determining Turkey’s fate. More than anything else, the current direction of the process is the result of politics seeking peace and people’s brotherhood and freedom as a solution after following the Kurdish freedom movement and imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan since 1999.

No turning back from solution

The outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) decision to turn over a group of its members to Turkish authorities on Monday at the Habur border upon an order from jailed PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan has been welcomed by many in the country where thousands have fallen victim to the ongoing conflicts since 1984.

?Homecoming? is neither defeat nor victory


So, they are back. All 34 of them, perhaps with many others to follow in their footsteps. They bring, to many Kurds, hope, a message — a call in line with what jailed Abdullah Öcalan has attempted to convey in recent times — with nine points. But they also bring a lot of questions and, inevitably, anxiety and fear — fear of a failure.

Risks for peace

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PKK gamble could energise Turkey’s Kurdish peace push

Hopes high after gesture


A symbolic gesture from outlawed Kurdistan Workers? Party?s (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan, who asked the PKK to send ?peace groups? to Turkey in a bid to support the government?s Kurdish initiative, which aims to solve Turkey?s long-standing Kurdish problem, has boosted hopes in the country for an eventual solution to this problem and the advent of peace in the country.

Turkey's President Abdullah Gul (C) sits with Prime Minister ...

Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul (C) sits with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (3rd L), Deputy Prime Ministers Cemil Cicek (2nd L) and Ali Babacan (L), Turkey’s top military commander General Ilker Basbug (4th R), Commander of the Land Forces General Isik Kosaner (3rd R), Navy Commander Admiral Esref Yigit (2nd R) and Air Force Commander General Hasan Aksay (R) during a National Security Council meeting in Ankara October 20, 2009. REUTERS/Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Palace Press Office/Handout

The two Abdullahs? peace: last chance to solve the Kurdish question


The Kurdistan Workers’ Party’s (PKK) imprisoned leader, Abdullah Öcalan, has ordered the PKK to send a 34-member ?peace group? to test the waters as to whether the Turkish state is sincere in its effort to bring about more democratization. In his recent statement, Öcalan stated that the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government is implementing policies that he suggested on many different occasions.

Cautious optimism on PKK liquidation and the US

There is cautious optimism in Ankara that the gradual liquidation of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) may begin as the organization agreed yesterday to turn over a group of its members to Turkish authorities.

ECHR: Compensation for Ban of Kurdish Newspapers

from Bianet :: English

Turkey was convicted by the ECHR of putting several newspapers to silence. 26 journalists from 4 Kurdish newspapers had applied to the European court. Turkey has to pay thousands of Euros in compensation to the complainants.

The distinct strength of civilian will


If today in Turkey members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) are actually descending from the mountains and surrendering their weapons, this is thanks to the resolute and consistent will of civilians in this nation.

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