February 23, 2013

Turkish government eyes PKK ceasefire as the first step for peace

In the second phase of the ongoing peace process the Turkish government has sought a permanent ceasefire with the outlawed Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) beginning with the disarmament of PKK militants, Turkish media reported Feb 23 ahead of a visit by three Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) deputies to jailed PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan.

“Our goal is [to convince] the PKK to lay down and bury its arms,” said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s chief advisor Yalçın Akdoğan in an interview with daily Habertürk. Read more.


- Erdogan: PKK terrorist organization must lay down arms - AA
- Öcalan foreshadows release of PKK captives, expresses hope that they ‘join their families’ - Hürriyet

BDP delegation travels to İmralı to meet with PKK chief - Today's Zaman
- Is There a Turkish Kurdistan? - Kurd Net

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