Grand National Assembly of Turkey

Meeting terms with PKK’s jailed leader Öcalan change

The parties involved in the Kurdish peace bid have jointly declared that a new phase in the process has begun, as committees under the guidance of the Undersecretariat of Public Order and Security will meet with the imprisoned leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Abdullah Öcalan, while the İmralı delegation of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) will also join the meetings.

Main opposition CHP: Turkey doesn’t deserve to be robbed in name of religion

Turkey does not deserve to be robbed in the name of religion, the country’s main opposition leader has said, while adding that government interference that prompted a parliamentary commission to postpone a decision on whether four former ministers should stand trial on graft claims has cast a shadow on the panel.

Turkish gov’t, HDP herald ‘new phase’ in Kurdish peace process

Both the government and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) have simultaneously announced that the stalled peace process has entered “a new phase,” with the latter emphasizing that the jailed leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) will assume a more central role in the new phase.

Crisis with government over, new phase started in Kurdish peace bid, says HDP’s Önder

A crisis in the Kurdish peace bid has passed and a new phase in the process has started, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Istanbul deputy Sırrı Süreyya Önder has said, noting that issues that need to be resolved in the process would be done so urgently.

Turkish deputy PM objects to arrest of media bosses

Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç has opposed the detention of two media chiefs who were taken into custody in controversial weekend raids on journalists and television staff linked to U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen.

"It is not right to deprive a person of their personal freedom for even a single day," Arınç told reporters on Dec. 19.