Thomson ReutersMarch 21, 2013 07:16
By Daren Butler
(Reuters) - Kurdish rebel Abdullah Ocalan was banished to his island prison 14 years ago, narrowly escaping the gallows. Greyer and tempered by long isolation, he now braves the scepticism of many Turks and some of his own fighters to don the mantle of peacemaker.
Ocalan, long reviled in Turkish media as a 'monster', ordered his fighters on Thursday to withdraw to the mountains of northern Iraq and cease fighting, his words read to hundreds of thousands of Kurds gathered in the regional centre Diyarbakir.