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Turkish newspaper reports roadmap for peace with Kurds | News | DW.DE | 09.01.2013

The Turkish government and Kurdish separatists have reportedly agreed on a plan to end a conflict that has killed over 40,000 people in over thirty years. But there is controversy brewing over possible concessions.

The daily newspaper "Radikal" quoted senior Turkish intelligence officials following their meetings with with imprisoned Kurdistan Workers Party PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan.

The paper claimed to have information on a four-stage plan for the disarmament of Kurdish separatist fighters in exchange for increased minority rights. These would include constitutional reforms removing obstacles to Kurdish language education in Turkey, introducing an ethnically neutral definition of Turkish citizenship and the strengthening of regional administrations.

The planned "roadmap" would also involve the release from custody of thousands of people accused of links with the PKK, which is considered a terrorist group by Turkey, The European Union and the United States.

There was no official confirmation of any agreement and Radikal did not name its sources.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Wed Jan 9th, 2013 at 02:13:29 PM EST
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Kurdish activists shot dead in Paris | World news | guardian.co.uk

Three Kurdish women activists have been found dead with bullet wounds to the neck and chest in the Kurdistan information centre in Paris.

One of the women found in the early hours of Thursday was said to be Sakine Cansiz, a co-founder of the Kurdistan Workers' party (PKK). Sakine Cansiz. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Officials in Turkey are currently holding talks with the PKK's jailed leader, Abdullah Ocalan, to persuade the group to disarm. The decades-long conflict between the Turkish state and the PKK has killed about 40,000 people since the 1980s.

Another victim of the Paris shootings, Fidan Dogan, was part of the Kurdistan National Congress, based in Brussels. The third was a young activist.

The bodies were discovered on the first floor of the building in Paris's 10th arrondissement just before 2am after one woman's partner, concerned he could not contact her, called police.

The French interior minister, Manuel Valls, was at the scene and described the killings as intolerable and unacceptable. He said French anti-terror police would help with the inquiry. French police sources told reporters that the crime scene suggested "an execution", but the circumstances and motive remain unclear.



It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Jan 10th, 2013 at 07:35:45 AM EST
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Trois militantes du PKK exécutées à Paris Three PKK militants executed in Paris
Hier, en plein Paris, un triple assassinat a eu lieu au 147 rue Lafayette, dans le Xe arrondissement, siège discret du Centre d'Information du Kurdistan, un bureau de liaison du PKK en France. Sa responsable, Fidan Dogan, connue dans la communauté sous le nom de code de Rojbin, fait partie des trois personnes assassinées. Elle avait 32 ans et était membre du conseil national kurde (KNK) une instance représentative appartenant à la nébuleuse PKK.Yesterday, in the heart of Paris, a triple murder took place at 147 Lafayette Street in the tenth district, headquarters of the discreet Information Center of Kurdistan, a liaison office of the PKK in France. Its manager, Dogan Fidan, known in the community under the code name Rojbin, is one of three people killed. She was 32 years old and was a member of the Kurdish National Council (KNK) a representative body belonging to the PKK movement.
Parmi les victimes figure également Sakine Cansiz, membre fondatrice du PKK aux côtés d'Abdullah Öcalan (le PKK a été fondé près de Lice, en Turquie, en 1978). Elle avait ensuite été emprisonnée à Diyarbakir et torturée par la junte militaire au pouvoir entre 1980 et 1983. Cansiz, un haut cadre du mouvement en Europe, était une proche d'Öcalan.Also among the victims is Sakine Cansiz, also a founding member of the PKK alongside Abdullah Öcalan (PKK was founded near Lice, Turkey, 1978). She was then imprisoned and tortured by the Diyarbakir military junta between 1980 and 1983. Cansiz, a senior leader of the movement in Europe, was close to Öcalan.
Selon une source judiciaire française, "c'est clair, il s'agit d'une exécution". Ce triple meurtre (deux des femmes ont été abattues d'une balle dans la tête, la troisième au thorax) dans un lieu identifié et surveillé par les services français et turcs pose plusieurs questions.According to a French judicial source, "it is clear, it is an execution." This triple murder (two women were shot dead with a bullet in the head, the third in the thorax) in a location identified and monitored by the French and Turkish services, raises several questions.
D'abord, il intervient à un moment clef, alors que des négociations entre la Turquie et le PKK ont été entamées et qu'une feuille de route en vue d'un accord de paix se dessine. Cet assassinat politique a toutes les apparences d'une tentative de sabotage du processus en cours. Reste à déterminer à qui profite le crime? Règlement de compte interne au PKK? Ou oeuvre des réseaux ultranationalistes turcs toujours actifs en France? Le mouvement kurde a déjà, par le passé, procédé à des exécutions de dissidents sortis de la ligne politique. L'extrême droite turque reste elle aussi bien implantée dans la diaspora et ses connexions avec "l'Etat profond" sont connues.First, it comes at a key moment, while negotiations between Turkey and the PKK have been initiated and a roadmap towards a peace agreement emerges. This political assassination has all the appearance of an attempt to sabotage the process. It remains to determine who benefits from the crime? Internal struggles in the PKK? Or Turkish ultranationalists, whose networks are still active in France? The Kurdish movement has, in the past, carried out executions of dissidents who deviated from the political line. The Turkish extreme right is also well established in the diaspora and its connections with the "deep state" are known.
Reste à savoir pourquoi Sakine Cansiz était visée? Pourquoi à Paris? L'enquête a été confiée à la section antiterroriste du parquet de Paris qui va procéder à une autopsie.The question remains of why Sakine Cansiz was a target? Why in Paris? The investigation will be handled by the anti-terrorist section of the Paris prosecutor's office which will conduct an autopsy.


It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Jan 10th, 2013 at 07:44:09 AM EST
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