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.
PARIS/ISTANBUL, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Three female Kurdish
activists including a founding member of the PKK rebel group
were shot dead in Paris overnight in execution-style killings
condemned by Turkish politicians trying to broker a peace deal.
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.
ISTANBUL, Jan 8 (Reuters) – The Turkish government and the
jailed leader of a Kurdish insurgency have agreed on the
framework for a plan to end a war that has killed 40,000 people
since 1984, envisaging rebel disarmament in exchange for
increased minority rights, a newspaper said on Tuesday.
The Radikal daily said senior intelligence officials had
held meetings with Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) chief Abdullah
Ocalan in his island jail near Istanbul, yielding a four-stage
plan to halt the conflict.
ISTANBUL, Dec 31 (Reuters) – Turkey accused the European
Union of bias and bigoted attitudes towards the EU candidate
country on Monday and blamed it for undermining the Turkish
public’s trust in the bloc.
Turkey criticised the European Commission’s latest report on
its progress towards EU membership as it presented for the first
time its own report highlighting its reforms over the last year.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish prosecutors are investigating the 1990s deaths of public figures including former President Turget Ozal, a newspaper said on Wednesday, acting on long-held suspicions they may have been killed by a covert establishment network.
State prosecutors in the eastern city of Malatya have widened their probe into the 1994 death of a colonel, recorded as committing suicide but suspected to have been murdered, and have requested state dossiers on the deaths of Ozal and three other public figures, the Haberturk newspaper said.