Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) confirmed to media outlets that talks were initiated on Imrali Island with Abdullah Ocalan to bring an end to the 30-year long conflict that has taken 40,000 Turkish and Kurdish lives.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters in December that his government was engaging in a means to bring the conflict to an end and the latest round of talks have produced a four-step plan to do just that.
Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)
The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is considered a terrorist group by both the European Union and the United States. It is an organization devoted to the independence of Kurdish regions of Turkey from Ankara.
The government of the Prime Minister and Abdullah Ocalan have agreed to the following four-step process for securing a peaceful future between Turkey and its Kurdish citizens:
- Judicial reforms that would release thousands of imprisoned Kurdish activists/politicians
The detente was endangered by recent events like the killing of 14 Kurdistan Workers’ Party members by the Turkish army in the city of Hakkari.