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Jan 31, 2013

Kurdish militants dismiss Turkey withdrawal reports

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The Kurdish militant PKK group said on Thursday media reports that its fighters had agreed to withdraw from Turkey as part of a peace pact to end their 28-year-old insurgency were lies and part of a psychological war.

The Sabah newspaper on Thursday said Kurdistan Workers’ Party guerrillas had agreed to withdraw to northern Iraq, where the group is based, by March 21 as part of peace talks with the PKK’s jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan started late last year.

Jan 29, 2013

Kurdish militants set for Turkey ceasefire in February: paper

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Kurdish militants will halt hostilities with Turkey in February according to the timetable of a fledgling peace process aimed at ending 28 years of insurgency, a report in a mainstream newspaper said on Tuesday.

Turkish intelligence officials began talks with jailed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan in late 2012 and preliminary talks have also been held with PKK members in northern Iraq, where most of the group’s several thousand militants are based, it said.

Jan 29, 2013

Kurdish militants set for Turkey ceasefire in Feb-paper

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Kurdish militants will halt hostilities with Turkey in February according to the timetable of a fledgling peace process aimed at ending 28 years of insurgency, a report in a mainstream newspaper said on Tuesday.

As an initial confidence-building step, around 100 fighters from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) guerrilla group will hand in their weapons and leave Turkey, the Hurriyet said.

Jan 25, 2013

Turkey approves court reform, Kurds remain critical

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s parliament has passed a law allowing defendants to use Kurdish in court, but Kurdish politicians said it fell short of their demands as the EU candidate country seeks to advance peace talks with the jailed leader of a 28-year-old insurgency.

Kurdish and nationalist deputies clashed verbally and nearly came to blows during a tense debate over the bill late on Thursday seen aimed at breaking a deadlock in trials of hundreds accused of links to Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants.

Jan 25, 2013

Turkey approves court reform, addressing Kurdish demand

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s parliament passed a law late on Thursday allowing defendants to speak Kurdish in court, addressing a key demand of Kurdish politicians as Ankara seeks to advance peace talks with the jailed rebel leader of a 28-year-old insurgency.

Kurdish and nationalist deputies clashed verbally and nearly came to blows during a tense debate over a reform seen aimed at breaking a deadlock in trials of hundreds of people accused of links to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group.

Jan 23, 2013

Kurdish militant chief denies links to suspect in Paris murders

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A Kurdish militant commander denied the suspect held over the killing of three activists in Paris was a member of his group, accusing the Turkish state of involvement in the murders in an interview with a rebel-linked news agency.

The murders overshadowed Turkey’s moves to begin peace talks with the rebels and their top field commander, Murat Karayilan, said on Wednesday the government was conducting a “psychological war” rather than sincerely trying to end the conflict.

Jan 21, 2013

Soccer-Sneijder arrives at Galatasaray after surprise move

ISTANBUL, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Wesley Sneijder, once one of the world’s most outstanding players, received a rapturous welcome in Istanbul on Monday as he arrived to tie up his move to Galatasaray after surprising pundits by choosing Turkey rather than a higher profile league.

Hundreds of Galatasaray fans cheered, let off flares and burst through a line of riot police to get close to Sneijder after live television footage showed him emerging from a private jet at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport.

Jan 17, 2013

Thousands rally for funeral of slain Kurdish activists

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) – Thousands poured onto the streets of Turkey’s main Kurdish city of Diyarbakir on Thursday for the funeral of three Kurdish activists killed in Paris, chanting pro-militant slogans as their coffins passed through the crowds.

The three women, including a co-founder of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), were killed in execution-style shootings in the French capital last week in what many saw as an attempt to derail a nascent peace process between the Turkish state and the guerrillas.

Jan 16, 2013

Turkey to pursue Kurd rebels till they lay down arms: PM

ANKARA/DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday military operations against Kurdish rebels would continue until they laid down their arms, as Turkish media reported warplanes had bombed militants in northern Iraq for a third day.

The prospect of an end to three decades of war between the Turkish state and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has gained momentum in recent weeks after the government acknowledged it was talking to the insurgents’ jailed leader.

Jan 15, 2013

Turkey’s PM Erdogan says won’t bow to Kurdish militancy

ISTANBUL, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan
said on Tuesday his government would never surrender to Kurdish
militants but he was cautiously hopeful peace talks could end a
conflict that has brought nothing but “pain, blood and tears” to
Turkey.

Late last year Turkish intelligence officials began talks
with jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan on how to
end an insurgency which has killed more than 40,000 people since
rebels loyal to him took up arms in 1984.

    • About Daren

      "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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