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ISTANBUL (Reuters) Sitting across the table from top Turkish officials, jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan wields the power to silence guns across southeastern Turkey which have killed more than canada goose uk black friday 40,000 people Canada Goose Jackets in a three decade old insurgency.

Canada Goose Outlet Demonstrators hold flags with portraits of jailed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan during a protest in Strasbourg February 18, 2012. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

canada goose clearance Reviled by most Turks and held in virtual canada goose isolation since his 1999 capture, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leader Canada Goose Parka has expressed in fledgling peace talks with Ankara a will canada goose factory sale to end a conflict which both sides realize they cannot win militarily.

canada goose coats on sale A similar resolve in Ankara amid a winter lull in violence has created an canada goose uk outlet unprecedented opportunity to end fighting which has inflicted massive human and economic Canada Goose Online costs, and has long undermined Turkey democratic ambitions.

But both sides face major challenges to canada goose coats on sale meet their end of the bargain.

Canada Goose Jackets Looming elections next year and the growing risk of renewed clashes as summer approaches mean Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan will need to initiate reforms swiftly to widen Kurdish minority rights and enable the rebels reintegration into society.

In return, canada goose clearance sale Ankara hopes Ocalan will set in motion steps towards a militant ceasefire and withdrawal from Turkey in Canada Goose Outlet the coming weeks. canada goose clearance First he will need to win over battle hardened PKK fighters in the mountains of northern Iraq.

Comments from Kurdish politicians and PKK commanders based in Iraq Qandil mountains suggest Ocalan can do just this.

buy canada goose jacket cheap Ocalan is convinced, those in Qandil will be convinced.

The talks canadian goose jacket have been kept cheap Canada Goose under wraps for fears of a nationalist backlash, but media close to the government have outlined a process under which the PKK will halt hostilities, canada goose black friday sale withdraw from Turkey within months, before ultimately disarming.

Ocalan, isolated on the prison island of Imrali near Istanbul, will need to be able to communicate with Qandil and offer them strong incentives to pull out around 2,000 fighters believed to be in Turkish territory.

canada goose coats is no doubt the person who buy canada goose jacket cheap knows his own group the buy canada goose jacket best, said Sahismail Bedirhanoglu, head of a business association in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir who heads a contact group aimed at fostering dialogue on Kurdish issues.

Canada Goose online state) must create channels via which Ocalan can talk to the PKK. or the talks will not have legitimacy.

Ocalan was seized by Turkish special forces in Kenya in 1999, brought back to Turkey, tried and sentenced to hang. The sentence was later commuted Ocalan dispatched to Imrali.

canada goose store The PKK, designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, took up arms in 1984 with the aim of carving out a Kurdish state in southeast Turkey. Subsequently it moderated its stated goal to autonomy, cheap canada goose uk but it is unclear what sort of deal Ocalan would now accept.

canadian goose jacket Issues in the talks are likely to include steps towards decentralization, Kurdish language education, constitutional changes to improve equality and canada goose store reform of an anti terror law under uk canada goose which thousands of people have been jailed for links to the PKK.

Parliament has made only slow progress on constitutional changes and Erdogan has vowed to present his own reform plans in March if there is no cross party agreement.

cheap Canada Goose ERDOGAN BALANCING ACT The current momentum for a solution has in part been driven by last year escalation in fighting between the PKK and NATO second largest army. Fears canada goose coats of more bloodshed have brought public opinion, Turkish and Kurdish, behind the process.

are funerals every day. Really the mothers cannot bear it anymore. We don have the strength for it, said Esma Seydioglu, tugging her black headscarf as she described her sons who joined the PKK one killed in a clash and one in prison.

Canada Goose sale want peace after this. No more of our people should die, Canada Goose sale no more of our children, no more soldiers, no more police, no more guerrillas, she said, sitting in a small office in Diyarbakir in southeast Turkey.

Esma Seydioglu poses during an interview with Reuters in Diyarbakir, southeast Turkey, January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

the government we can say on Ocalan let sit down with you and negotiate If we say that Canada Goose online the nation wouldn forgive us, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said on Monday.

In a sign of a rocky path ahead, a row has emerged in the last couple of weeks over the make up of a Kurdish delegation set to visit Ocalan, with Erdogan rejecting the inclusion of MPs filmed embracing PKK fighters last August.

buy canada goose jacket Mixed signals which Erdogan himself has sent out in recent months Canada Goose Coats On Sale have fuelled distrust among Kurdish politicians with denials that there is a problem

canada goose clearance sale From an expression of regret that the lifting of the death penalty had spared Ocalan from execution in 1999, to a call to lift Kurdish politicians immunity from prosecution, Erdogan has often alienated those he is now seeking to win over.

canada goose deals The result is a climate of mutual suspicion which was exacerbated last month when Turkish warplanes bombed PKK targets in northern Iraq, drawing condemnation from Kurdish politicians.

canada goose two sides do not trust each other, said uk canada goose outlet Hugh Pope, Turkey project director for the International Crisis Group.

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