Turkey reports progress in PKK talks

Sat, Jan 5, 2013, 00:00

Turkish officials have made “important progress” in talks with jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan to try to end a near three-decade insurgency by his supporters, a senior ruling party official has said.

Prime minister Tayyip Erdogan’s chief adviser said earlier this week that Turkey had begun discussing disarmament with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militant group; on Thursday, two Kurdish politicians paid a rare visit to Ocalan in his island prison.

“Talks have reached a certain stage, some important progress has been made and some results have been achieved, or will be achieved,” Nurettin Canikli of the ruling AK Party’s parliamentary group said.

“The aim is to end terrorism, all efforts are being made for this,” he said. – (Reuters)