PKK committed to redeployment

ANKARA, Turkey, June 25 (UPI) -- A settlement process under way by members of Turkish separatist group PKK will proceed despite "obstructions by some forces," its leader said Tuesday.

2,000 join PKK in past three months

ANKARA, Turkey, June 15 (UPI) -- About 2,000 people have joined the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party in the past three months, amid an agreement to end to terrorism in Turkey, officials say.

Turkish border fire blamed on PKK

ANKARA, Turkey, June 3 (UPI) -- Fighters from the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party fired on a Turkish military base near the Iraq border, the armed forces said in a statement.

Pro-Kurdish leaders met EU officials

BRUSSELS, May 29 (UPI) -- Peace in southern Turkey could open the door to nationwide prospects for prosperity, European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule said.

No additional prisoners for PKK's Ocalan jail

ANKARA, Turkey, May 24 (UPI) -- The Turkish Justice Ministry said Friday there were no plans to send additional inmates to the island prison housing jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan.

Obama lauds Turkey's PKK initative

WASHINGTON, May 17 (UPI) -- Efforts to solve the crisis with the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party are commendable, U.S. President Barack Obama said.

Iraq threatens Turkey peace plan with PKK

ERBIL, Iraq, May 16 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government is threatening to sabotage a peace process between Turkey and its Kurdish separatist rebels.

Iraqi Kurds 'close energy deal with Turks'

ERBIL, Iraq, May 14 (UPI) -- Iraq's Kurds are reported to have reached a secret deal with Turkey under which the Kurds' semiautonomous enclave will ship oil to Turkey for export.

First PKK fighters arrive in Iraq

ERBIL, Iraq, May 14 (UPI) -- A few members of the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party crossed the Turkish border to Iraq as part of a broader withdrawal, a member said Tuesday.

Kurdish militants retreat to Iraq under peace deal

HEROR, Iraq, May 14 (UPI) -- The first group of Kurdish militants crossed into northern Iraq early Tuesday as part of a peace process aimed at ending 30 years of conflict, officials said.

Turkey sees no sign of PKK withdrawal

ANKARA, Turkey, May 13 (UPI) -- The Turkish military said Monday it hasn't seen evidence that Kurdistan Workers' Party members have left the country.

PKK withdrawal worries Iraq

ERBIL, Iraq, May 10 (UPI) -- The move from Turkey by Kurdish militants could make the situation in northern Iraq worse than it is, Iraqi officials said.

PKK move good for Turkey, EU envoy says

ANKARA, Turkey, May 9 (UPI) -- The European Union welcomes Turkish efforts to bring peace to the country's southeast, EU Ambassador to Turkey Jean-Maurice Ripert said.

Turkey monitoring PKK withdrawal

ANKARA, Turkey, May 8 (UPI) -- Turkish intelligence officials are monitoring the withdrawal of fighters from the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party, the deputy prime minister said.

Leave empty-handed, Erdogan tells PKK

ANKARA, Turkey, May 7 (UPI) -- Turkish fighters with the Kurdistan Workers' Party need to leave their weapons behind as they leave the country, the Turkish prime minister said Tuesday.
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Abdullah Ocalan
WAP99062999 - 29 JUNE 1999 - - ANKARA, TURKEY: PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, seen here in a February 17 photo aboard a jet on his way to Turkey was sentenced to death today by a Turkish court. Ocalan was arrested at the Greek Embassy in Kenya and is blamed for a decades-old Kurdish rebel movement that is alleged to have killed thousands in Turkey. iw/ho/ UPI

Abdullah Öcalan (born 4 April 1948), is a Kurdish militant leader who founded the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in 1978. Between 1984 and his capture in 1999, he led a Kurdish nationalist guerrilla revolt against the Turkish state.

Öcalan was arrested abroad by Turkey, convicted of treason, and sentenced to death. The sentence was commuted to aggravated life imprisonment when Turkey abolished the death penalty in support of its bid to be admitted to membership in the European Union. He is the sole prisoner on the İmralı island, in the Sea of Marmara. Öcalan admitted to the violent nature of the PKK, and that he personally approved and organized attacks and executions. The conflict between Turkey and the PKK has resulted in over 40,000 lives being lost, including PKK members, the Turkish military, and civilians, both Kurdish and Turkish.

From prison, he has published several books, as recently as 2007.

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