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Erdogan's advisor says not right to always take Kandil seriously

The chief advisor to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Yalçın Akdogan, has said that it is not right to take heed of everything that the top operatives of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the Kandil Mountains of northern Iraq say.Speaking on a TV show on Wednesday, Akdogan said, referring to the statements made by PKK chief commander Murat Karayılan during an interview with veteran journalist Hasan Cemal, that the remarks of terrorists from the Kandil Mountains, where PKK hideouts are located, should not be taken seriously all the time and that the settlement proce

CHP officials resign citing party's stance against solution process

The head of the Republican People's Party (CHP)'s branch in BingOl's Solhan district and several other CHP officials resigned from their positions on Thursday, citing the party's lack of support for the ongoing settlement process to solve the Kurdish conflict.Turkish state authorities, working to set a timetable for the disarmament of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorists, have been holding settlement negotiations with the terrorist group's imprisoned leader, Abdullah Ocalan, since October.

Turkey passes anti-terrorism law reform

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's parliament passed a reform of its anti-terrorism laws in a vote late on Thursday, narrowing the definition of terrorist propaganda in line with EU demands that it boost freedom of expression. The reforms coincide with progress in efforts by the government and Kurdish militants to negotiate an end to a 28-year insurgency, but the justice minister rejected the idea that the new laws would facilitate the release of prisoners linked to the rebels.

Turkey adopts reform to anti-terror laws

Turkey's parliament on Thursday passed long-awaited legislation to bring its widely criticised anti-terror laws level with European standards, and which could see the release of thousands of prisoners suspected of having ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The new package of laws passed by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is aimed at stopping freedom violation cases from piling up before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

Truth and reconciliation commissions are necessary in Turkey

When we look at the Latin American and African countries that have suffered from long-term armed clashes, we can see that truth and reconciliation commissions play an important role for social catharsis.These commissions are unique to the conditions of the country in which they have been established. They do not serve as a court. These are research commissions which are usually set up by a law and whose members are appointed by the head of state or parliament.

Nationalist party leader calls PM traitor

The leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has harshly criticized Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, claiming that the prime minister is committing treason by pursuing a settlement process the government launched at the end of last year to find a peaceful solution to the Kurdish issue.“The government has been making use of all its resources to cause the collapse of the nation,” Devlet Bahceli said at his party's parliamentary group meeting on Tuesday.Bahceli said that international powers are behind the settlement process, which he claimed would have a fatal

BDP leader returns to Turkey with Kandil's response to Ocalan

Pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) leader Selahattin Demirtas has brought a letter of response from Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in Kandil -- a mountainous area in northern Iraq where the PKK's main camp is located -- written in reply to a letter from PKK chief Abdullah Ocalan.Demirtas and two other BDP deputies -- Pervin Buldan and Sirri Sureyya Onder -- met with PKK leader Ocalan on April 3 on Imrali Island, where Ocalan has been imprisoned since his capture in 1999, as part of ongoing talks aimed at resolving Turkey's long-standing terrorism problem.Du

Kerry welcomes PKK's commitment to drop arms

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday hailed the commitment of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) to a ceasefire under a renewed push by the Turkish government to end three decades of hostilities. "We welcome the PKK's commitment to lay down its arms," Kerry told a news conference in Istanbul with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. "We discussed our work to combat terrorism in all its forms ... including the violence that has plagued Turkey for three long decades," he said. "No peace process is easy. It always take courage and determination."

Doors open for PKK pull-out

The “peace process” accelerates…In a matter of 24 hours the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has killed three birds with one stone: It has made public a “wise men” commission to explain the “farewell to arms” talks to the entire country; it has laid out a proposal to shape a parliamentary commission to oversee the process; and, most importantly, in all secrecy it has sent a new Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) delegation to the island of Imrali to iron out complications in order to give a go-ahead for the withdrawal of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) units from Turkey.

What should wise people do for the peace process?

The notion of wise people/wise men was originally brought forward by Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), who is serving his life sentence in prison on Imrali Island.When he talked about the wise people, Ocalan was referring to a body that would act as a kind of mediator that would facilitate the negations between the PKK and the government. He recently talked about this group of wise people in the context of the PKK's withdrawal from Turkey.
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