Turkish military convoy attacked in apparent PKK ceasefire break

ANKARA, Turkey, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Turkish President Abdullah Gul warned the Kurdistan Workers' Party Saturday the government will respond in kind if it breaks the current truce.

Kurds united, Turkish party leader says

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Staying out of a weekly delegation to meet jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan doesn't translate to party division, a pro-Kurdish lawmaker said Monday.

PKK offers conditions for peace

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A leader from a pro-Kurdish organization in Turkey said Monday the government has commitments to make to ensure a peace process with the PKK moves forward.

Kurds upbeat on PKK peace prospects

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A settlement between the Kurdistan Workers' Party and the Turkish government is still on the table, a pro-Kurdish lawmaker said.

Ankara shrugs off PKK initiative

ANKARA, Turkey, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- There is nothing in recent statements from jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan worthy of a formal comment, a Turkish official said Monday.

Militant PKK halts withdrawal but says it will honor cease-fire

ANKARA, Turkey, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- The banned Kurdistan Workers' Party stopped its pullout from Turkey, saying the government hasn't resolved the Kurdish issue or begun a process for democracy.

PKK suspends militant withdrawal

ANKARA, Turkey, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- The Kurdistan Workers' Party said it was suspending its withdrawal from Turkish territory because the government wasn't meetings its settlement obligations.

PKK peace initiative hits snags

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Improving the prison conditions for jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan will help advance the peace process with Ankara, a pro-Kurdish leader said.

PKK threatens end of cease-fire if Turkey doesn't act on agreement

ANKARA, Turkey, July 26 (UPI) -- Kurdistan's PKK rebels say a cease-fire with Turkey could end soon if the government doesn't begin taking steps agreed to during peace negotiations.

PKK chief beckons Turkish media

ANKARA, Turkey, July 22 (UPI) -- Jailed leader of the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party said he wants to speak with the Turkish media to discuss the peace process in person.

PKK gives warning to Turkish leaders

ANKARA, Turkey, July 19 (UPI) -- The militant Kurdistan Workers' Party said Friday the ruling Justice and Development Party in Turkey was standing in the way of the peace process.

Experts: PKK restructuring but not disarming

ANKARA, Turkey, July 13 (UPI) -- The Kurdistan Workers' Party is reshaping its hierarchy under a settlement with the Turkish government but isn't disarming, experts say.

PKK leader says truce unraveling

ANKARA, Turkey, July 12 (UPI) -- An effort to resolve ongoing tensions with the Kurdish minority in Turkey might hit a road block without government concessions, a rebel leader said.

Turkey says it expects PKK terrorists to leave country by autumn

ANKARA, Turkey, June 28 (UPI) -- A Turkish government official said the terrorist Kurdistan Workers Party is expected to complete its withdrawal from Turkey by autumn.

Hitches seen with PKK withdrawal

ANKARA, Turkey, June 28 (UPI) -- The Turkish government said it suspects members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party are stirring up trouble as they start moving out of the country.
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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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