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Why did Turkey allow jailed Kurdish leader to meet lawyers after long pause?

In his first meeting with lawyers in eight years, imprisoned Kurdistan Workers Party leader Abdullah Ocalan called for "democratic negotiation" between Turkey and the Syrian Kurds and for hunger strikers protesting his treatment not to endanger their health.
A man holds a picture of jailed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan as people gather to celebrate Newroz, which marks the arrival of spring and the new year, in Istanbul, Turkey March 24, 2019. REUTERS/Kemal Aslan - RC1291C94940
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Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), has called on US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to refrain from conflict with Turkey and to take what he termed Turkey’s sensibilities into account. The 70-year-old guerrilla boss relayed his appeal through his lawyers after they were granted access to him for the first time in eight years.

The Turkish authorities' decision to end his isolation has spurred speculation of a possible resumption of peace talks that would include a deal on Syria. Others say it's part of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s plan to ditch his nationalist partners and win Kurdish support, which proved critical to the opposition’s victory, before a rerun of municipal elections in Istanbul. Turkey’s Supreme Electoral Commission ruled in favor of Erdogan’s demands for fresh elections today.

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