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Turkey calls for tougher action against PKK

By AFP ANKARA: Turkey on Friday urged the leader of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region for tougher action against a drawn-out insurgency waged by Kurdish militants, a Turkish diplomat told AFP. “The issue of tougher action against the (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) PKK was discussed … during the meeting” between Massud Barzani and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet …


Erdogan the peacemaker?

By Sinan Ulgen ISTANBUL: Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken on a daunting challenge. After participating in the nuclear-security summit in South Korea at the end of March, he went to Tehran to urge Iran’s leaders to make a deal during the next round of nuclear talks between Iran and the United Nations Security …


The Syrian crisis and its implications for Turkish-Russian relations

By Ziya Meral Last week, during his weekly speech to the Justice and Development Party (AKP) group in the Turkish parliament, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeated his strong statements on Syria. While his call for humanitarian corridors to bring aid to Syrian people captured international attention, his talk also included an indirect yet equally strong …


The Turkish example: A dazzling success or a pitfall?

  Last week Recep Erdogan showed up at the right place at the right time, just as always in his political career. As the Israeli Embassy fiasco unrolled preceded and followed by threats from the government and ruling military council to suppress protests and the press, Egyptians hungered for the charisma of a popular freedom …

Mariya Petkova

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