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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan called on French police to solve the murders of three Kurdish activists quickly, his brother said, but he gave no indication their killing would disrupt nascent peace talks between him and Turkish officials.
The three Kurdish women, one a co-founder of Ocalan’s Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group, were found dead in Paris on Thursday in execution-style killings regarded by many as an attempt to sabotage the fledgling peace moves.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Clad in olive green battle fatigues and clutching an assault rifle, Sakine Cansiz looked every inch the rebel as she posed for a photo next to Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan.
Drawn to leftist revolutionary circles as a student in the 1970s, Cansiz helped found the rebel Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), going from guerrilla fighter to one of its main financiers in Europe over three decades, and becoming an iconic figure for Kurdish women seeking a Kurdish state.
PARIS/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A woman who helped found the Kurdish PKK rebel movement and two other women were found shot dead in Paris overnight after execution-style killings that cast a shadow over peace moves between Turkey and the guerrillas.
The bodies of Sakine Cansiz, a founder of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the early 1980s, and her two fellow activists were found in the early hours of Thursday at an institute in the French capital that has close links to the PKK.
PARIS/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Three female Kurdish activists including a founding member of the PKK rebel group were shot dead in Paris overnight in execution-style killings that cast a shadow over peace moves between Ankara and the guerrillas.
Dozens of riot police formed a cordon around the Information Centre of Kurdistan, an institute in central Paris with close links to the PKK where the bodies were found soon after midnight on Thursday. According to one Kurdish agency, workers broke in after seeing blood stains at the door.