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Erdogan's Domestic Challenges Of Peace with the PKK

Prime Minister Erdogan's peace initiative with the PKK should be understood in the context of his other domestic political initiatives, writes Kadri Gursel.
A demonstrator stands next to a portrait of jailed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan during a protest in Strasbourg February 18, 2012. Thousands of demonstrators protested in support of Ocalan, who was captured on February 15, 1999, and is currently serving a life sentence in Turkey. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE  - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
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The slaying of three PKK activists at the Kurdish Information Center in Paris last Thursday made it clear that the Turkish government’s renewed efforts to disarm the PKK won’t be a stroll in the park.

It appears Turkey will continue to be confronted by provocations that could be traced to third parties meddling in Turkey’s Kurdish issue.

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