Uncertainty Lingers Over Turkey’s Negotiations with Ocalan

Speculation abounds as to what (and how) Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan will or will not say on March 21, when Kurds in Turkey mark Newroz, their new year’s celebration. A most likely scenario is that Ocalan will reassert that he is in direct negotiations with the Turkish government to gain constitutional guarantees for Kurdish rights and that it is time to end the use of violence as a tactic in the Kurdish movement in Turkey.

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Selahattin Demirtas, co-chair of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party, stands in front of a portrait of imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan and greets party supporters during a rally to celebrate Newroz in Istanbul March 17, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

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