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Mar 27, 2013

Istanbul 2020 bid leaves “excellent impression”

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Istanbul’s presentation of its bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games left an “excellent impression” the head of the evaluation commission said on Wednesday.

Turkey’s largest city, which is competing with Tokyo and Madrid for the 2020 Games, presented its candidacy to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) commission, headed by IOC vice president Craig Reedie, this week.

Mar 27, 2013

Olympics-Istanbul 2020 bid leaves “excellent impression”

ISTANBUL, March 27 (Reuters) – Istanbul’s presentation of its bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games left an “excellent impression” the head of the evaluation commission said on Wednesday.

Turkey’s largest city, which is competing with Tokyo and Madrid for the 2020 Games, presented its candidacy to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) commission, headed by IOC vice president Craig Reedie, this week.

Mar 22, 2013

Turkish PM says Kurdish peace moves open to sabotage

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused Kurdish politicians on Friday of trying to sabotage talks to end a 28-year-old insurrection, lamenting the absence of Turkish flags during a mass rally to mark a ceasefire by Kurdish rebels.

Jailed rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan ordered his fighters to cease fire and withdraw from Turkey in a letter read to hundreds of thousands in the city of Diyarbakir in the mainly Kurdish southeast on Thursday. Kurdish red-yellow-green flags and banners displaying Ocalan’s face dominated the crowd.

Mar 21, 2013

Kurdish rebel chief Ocalan dons mantle of peacemaker

By Daren Butler

(Reuters) – Kurdish rebel Abdullah Ocalan was banished to his island prison 14 years ago, narrowly escaping the gallows. Greyer and tempered by long isolation, he now braves the skepticism of many Turks and some of his own fighters to don the mantle of peacemaker.

Ocalan, long reviled in Turkish media as a ‘monster’, ordered his fighters on Thursday to withdraw to the mountains of northern Iraq and cease fighting, his words read to hundreds of thousands of Kurds gathered in the regional center Diyarbakir.

Mar 20, 2013

Turkey targeted in bomb attacks before expected rebel ceasefire

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish government and ruling party offices came under bomb and missile attack overnight in what a deputy prime minister said on Wednesday could be an attempt to wreck a peace process with Kurdish militants.

Early on Wednesday, a small bomb exploded near state offices on the Asian side of Istanbul, damaging windows but resulting in no casualties, while police defused separate explosives in front of a cultural center in the city.

Mar 18, 2013

Jailed Kurdish rebel to make “historic call” to Turkey

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan said he would make a “historic” appeal on Thursday, raising expectations of a ceasefire in a 28-year conflict that has riven Turkey, killing some 40,000 people.

His statement, conveyed from his prison cell via a Kurdish politician, may cement peace talks with the government that have been progressing tentatively since October.

Mar 18, 2013

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

ISTANBUL, March 18 (Reuters) – Jailed Kurdish rebel leader
Abdullah Ocalan said he would make a “historic” appeal on
Thursday, raising expectations of ceasefire in a 28-year-old
conflict which has riven Turkey, killing some 40,000 people, and
battered its economy.

Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) leader Selahattin
Demirtas, a member of parliament, conveyed Ocalan’s statement on
his return to Istanbul on Monday from a visit to his prison on
the island of Imrali. A ceasefire could cement talks with the
government that have been progressing tentatively since October.

Mar 18, 2013

Jailed Kurdish rebel leader expected to make ceasefire call

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Kurdish politicians were ferried to a Turkish prison island on Monday where Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan is expected to issue a ceasefire call in a conflict that has cost 40,000 lives and battered Turkey’s economy over three decades.

Ocalan, captured by Turkish special forces in Kenya 14 years ago, has been holding talks with the government since late last year. Truces have been agreed and failed before in the war, but this is the first time Ocalan and a Turkish prime minister have openly spoken of talks on a comprehensive settlement.

Feb 27, 2013

Kurdish rebel leader sees Turkey pullout by August – media

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan is proposing to withdraw his fighters from Turkey by August if Ankara pushes through reforms under a draft plan to end a 28-year insurgency, media reports said on Wednesday.

Imprisoned on Imrali island near Istanbul since 1999, Ocalan has since October been discussing a deal with Turkey’s government to end a conflict that has killed 40,000 people since his Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) took up arms in 1984.

Feb 27, 2013

Kurdish rebel leader sees August withdrawal from Turkey: media

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan envisages the withdrawal of his fighters from Turkey by August under a draft peace plan sent to his group’s leadership and Kurdish politicians, media reports said on Wednesday.

Held in an island jail since his capture in 1999, Ocalan has been negotiating with Turkey’s government since October over the outlines of a deal to end a conflict which has killed 40,000 people since his fighters took up arms in 1984.

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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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