Wednesday, November 13, 2013

New era in Turkey looks like old one

November 11, 2013 
By Ali Ezzatyar, Goran Zaneti S.
The Daily Star

A new era in Turkey was seemingly born last spring when the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) declared a cease-fire and began withdrawing its guerillas from the country’s borders. The Turkish government had made it publicly known that negotiations for a disarmament of the PKK had been taking place with the group’s imprisoned leader, Abdullah Ocalan, for some time. In an unprecedented move, the Turkish government formally announced that steps were being taken to bring the Kurdish issue to a peaceful resolution. However, since the declarations, the Turkish government has been slow to implement any of its largely concealed plans and has even taken steps that risk derailing the peace process altogether.

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