Kurdish leader calls talks with Turkey `historic step`
Ankara (Turkey): Imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan has called talks with Turkish officials aiming to halt a decades-long conflict a historic step and urged all sides involved to show "care and sensitivity".
His brief message was conveyed today by three pro-Kurdish legislators who were allowed to travel to his prison island off Istanbul to confer about the peace process.
The government declared in December that it was holding talks with Ocalan with the goal of convincing the rebels to declare a cease-fire, withdraw from Turkey and disarm.
Legislator Pervin Buldan told reporters Ocalan had also expressed hope that officials and soldiers kidnapped by the rebels would soon be released.
Ocalan`s Kurdistan Workers` Party, or PKK, is fighting for self-rule in southeast Turkey. The conflict has killed tens of thousands since 1984.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- DNA : When will Indian govt take strong actions against terrorism?
- Drunk girl assaults Mumbai police in Worli
- Arun Jaitley upset with Subramaniam Swami's Twitter attack
- Bombay HC to pronounce verdict on entry of woman to Haji Ali Dargah today
- DNA: When will Indian govt take strong actions against terrorism? - Part II
- 21-year-old commits suicide over morphed Facebook images
- REVEALED: How Test captain Virat Kohli played game-changing role in Anil Kumble's appointment
- Buying your dream home in Gurgaon to become cheaper; Circle rates reduced by 15%
- Iranians pray for peace on holy night
- Goa to continue getting incessant rains till July 1: Met