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Jailed Kurdish militant leader calls for legal steps in peace talks

By Seyhmus Cakan DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan called on the Turkish government on Friday to create a legal framework for their peace talks, whose fate is looking increasingly uncertain a year after he called a ceasefire by his fighters. Tens of thousands gathered in Diyarbakir, the largest city in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast, for the Kurdish new year celebrations of Newroz, where they listened to a statement written by Ocalan in his island jail of Imrali near Istanbul.

Jailed Kurdish leader seeks to revive peace talks

The imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan used the anniversary of his party's historic ceasefire on Friday to call for a fresh start to peace talks in Turkey. "The process of dialogue is important, although we still have not reached an agreement", said Ocalan, in a message read to 200,000 people assembled to celebrate the Kurdish new year in Diyarbakir, a city in south-eastern Turkey. "This is the reason why we still don't have a guarantee of lasting peace."

Europe court condemns Turkey over jailed Kurd leader

The European Court of Human Rights condemned Turkey on Tuesday over its "inhuman" treatment of jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan. The court ruled that holding the founder of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in isolation for more than a decade on the high-security island prison of Imrali constituted mistreatment by the Turkish authorities. Ocalan, who was captured in 1999 and later convicted of treason, was the sole prisoner on Imrali until the conditions of his detention were eased in 2009.

Kurdish militant leader demands meaningful Turkey negotiations

By Daren Butler ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan called on Monday for the Turkish government to launch meaningful negotiations with him to end a 29-year conflict or his hope in a fragile peace process would turn to disillusionment. Ocalan, imprisoned on an island south of Istanbul, began talks with state officials a year ago with the aim of halting an insurgency which has killed more than 40,000 people and stunted development in mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey.

Jailed Turkish Kurd leader seeks retrial

Jailed Turkish Kurd leader Abdullah Ocalan has demanded his retrial under legal reforms that took effect in April, one of his lawyers said Saturday. "These reforms pave the way for a new trial for all those convicted who could not be retried under the old law," Rezan Sarica told AFP. Ocalan's lawyers also asked for his sentence to be suspended. The 64-year-old founder of the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) was captured in February 1999 and sentenced to death two months later as the head of a terrorist organisation.

Lawyers in Turkey seek retrial for Kurdish rebel leader Ocalan

By Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Lawyers for Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, serving a life sentence in Turkey for treason, on Friday filed a request for his retrial, arguing recent legislative changes pave the way for new legal proceedings and a fairer trial. Ocalan, 64, is viewed by nationalist Turks as responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of people in a 29-year war between the army and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) before his capture and conviction in 1999.

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

Ocalan calls for ‘bloodless' settlement in birthday message

The imprisoned leader of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Abdullah Ocalan, has issued a message for his 64th birthday in which he said the settlement of the Kurdish and terrorism problems should be “bloodless.”"Let not a drop of blood be shed during the settlement process," read the message. Ocalan's message was taken to Kurds celebrating the terrorist head's birthday by a group of Kurdish lawmakers on Thursday.Thousands of Kurds flocked to Omerli village in Sanliurfa's Halfeti district, where Ocalan was born, to mark the PKK head's birthday.

Let not a drop of blood be shed during the settlement process

"Let not a drop of blood be shed during the settlement process", said head of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) Abdullah Ocalan in a statement after meeting with a Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) delegation which visited him on Wednesday as part of ongoing peace efforts to end the decades-old Kurdish conflict.In his call to Turkey's Kurds who celebrate the 65th birthday of Ocalan across the country, the PKK leader said chances and opportunities for an 'honorable peace' have increased."This [peace settlement] is the most significant thing that we could present to our people.

Kurd leader says chances for peace 'greatly increased'

Jailed Kurdish rebel chief Abdullah Ocalan voiced hope for peace in Turkey after a three-decade Kurdish insurgency, in a message to thousands of supporters to mark his birthday on Thursday. "Chances for honourable peace have really greatly increased," the 64-year-old leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) said in a message penned from his island prison cell. He said the peace process could lead to the "rebirth of a people," referring to the Kurdish community which makes up about a fifth of Turkey's 75-million population.
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