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Mar 26, 2015

Insight – Distrust clouds vision of Kurdish peace in Turkey

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) – Kurds applauded last weekend’s call from their jailed rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan to end a 30-year armed struggle against Turkey but deep suspicions on both sides could shatter dreams of peace.

Ocalan began talks with Ankara in 2012 to end a conflict which has killed 40,000 people and stunted development in NATO-member Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast, and impatience is growing in a peace process complicated by Kurds’ involvement in fighting Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Mar 26, 2015

Distrust clouds vision of Kurdish peace in Turkey

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, March 26 (Reuters) – Kurds applauded
last weekend’s call from their jailed rebel leader Abdullah
Ocalan to end a 30-year armed struggle against Turkey but deep
suspicions on both sides could shatter dreams of peace.

Ocalan began talks with Ankara in 2012 to end a conflict
which has killed 40,000 people and stunted development in
NATO-member Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast, and impatience is
growing in a peace process complicated by Kurds’ involvement in
fighting Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Mar 21, 2015

Kurdish militant leader urges congress on peace with Turkey

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, March 21 (Reuters) – Jailed Kurdish
rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan called on Saturday for his militant
group to hold a congress on ending a three-decade insurgency
against the Turkish state but stopped short of declaring an
immediate halt to its armed struggle.

“This struggle of our 40-year-old movement, which has been
filled with pain, has not gone to waste but at the same time has
become unsustainable,” Ocalan said in the message read out by
two Kurdish politicians at a rally to mark the Kurdish “Newroz”
New Year celebrations.

Mar 21, 2015

Kurds rally in Turkey as militant leader expected to urge progress on peace

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, March 21 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands
of Kurds gathered in southeastern Turkey on Saturday to hear a
message from jailed militant leader Abdullah Ocalan, expected to
reaffirm his commitment to a peace process despite a war of
words with Ankara.

President Tayyip Erdogan, then prime minister, launched
talks with Ocalan in late 2012 to end a three-decade insurgency
that has killed 40,000 people, ravaged the region’s economy and
tarnished Turkey’s image abroad. Progress has been faltering
since then, but Kurdish faith in Ocalan remains undiminished.

Mar 12, 2015

Erdogan underlines rates view to Turkish central bank chief

ISTANBUL, March 11 (Reuters) – Nervous Turkish markets hoped
President Tayyip Erdogan might make peace with the central bank
governor on Wednesday, but the two seem likely at best to have
agreed to disagree on interest rate policy.

Erdogan’s demands for a sharp rate cut to boost economic
growth before a June election, even though inflation remains
high, have helped to send the lira to record lows and raised
concern about the bank’s independence.

Mar 11, 2015

Truce not consensus seen as Erdogan meets Turkish central bank chief

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Nervous Turkish markets are hoping President Tayyip Erdogan can make peace with the central bank governor on Wednesday, but the two seem likely at best to agree to disagree on interest rate policy.

Erdogan’s demands for a sharp rate cut to boost economic growth before a June election, even though inflation remains high, have helped to send the lira to record lows and raised concern about the bank’s independence.

Mar 6, 2015

Vocal critic of Tajik president shot dead in Istanbul

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – An outspoken critic of veteran Tajik leader Imomali Rakhmon has been shot dead by an unknown assailant on a street in Istanbul, Turkish media reported on Friday.

Umarali Kuvvatov, who had been living in exile in Turkey and was head of the “Group 24″ opposition movement, was killed with a single shot to the head at around 10:30 pm (2030 GMT) on Thursday evening in the Fatih district of the city, Dogan news agency said. The attacker then fled the scene.

Mar 4, 2015

Turkey seeks to calm New York investor nerves as lira plunges

ANKARA/ISTANBUL, March 4 (Reuters) – Turkey’s prime minister
and his economic team will seek to calm nerves among top
investors in New York who hold more than 20 percent of the main
Istanbul stock index, after President Tayyip Erdogan’s tirades
against the central bank helped send the lira to record lows.

Erdogan has repeatedly attacked the bank over its failure to
cut interest rates as sharply as he wants ahead of a June
general election, telling its governor and Deputy Prime Minister
Ali Babacan, who is in charge of the economy, to “shape up”.

Mar 4, 2015

Turkey seeks to calm market nerves with New York investor meetings

ANKARA/ISTANBUL, March 4 (Reuters) – Turkey’s prime minister
and his economic team will seek to calm nerves among top
investors in New York on Wednesday and Thursday after President
Tayyip Erdogan’s tirades against the central bank helped send
the lira to record lows.

Erdogan has repeatedly attacked the bank over its failure to
cut interest rates as sharply as he wants ahead of a June
general election, telling its governor and Deputy Prime Minister
Ali Babacan, who is in charge of the economy, to “shape up”.

Mar 3, 2015

Turkish inflation edges up in Feb, limiting central bank’s options

ISTANBUL, March 3 (Reuters) – Turkish inflation rose
slightly less than expected in February but remained
significantly above the central bank’s target, limiting its room
to make the deep interest rate cuts demanded by President Tayyip
Erdogan.

Seeking to boost flagging growth ahead of a June general
election, Erdogan has warned that defending high interest rates
amounts to treason, ratcheting up pressure on the central bank
and telling Governor Erdem Basci to “shape up”.

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      "I am based in Istanbul where I cover a broad range of financial and general news. I joined Reuters in Ankara in 1996 and left Turkey to work in London in 2000. I returned to Istanbul in 2003."
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