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'Plan Obama' to Disarm PKK Imperiled

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Two months ago, Turkey seemed on the verge of reaching a negotiated solution to its 30-year war with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) -- a nationalist, leftist militant group based in northern Iraq and fighting for Kurdish self-determination, which has been labeled a terrorist group by the U.S. and the EU. The settlement -- concocted in the corridors of power of Washington, Ankara, and Irbil -- lay at the heart of U.S.-Turkish policy for a stable Iraq following the planned U.S. withdrawal in 2010. The stage was set, with Turkish President Abdullah Gül promising that "very good things" were about to happen.

But the curtain never came up. The one factor that all the players involved had neglected to consider was the will of Turkey's Kurdish population. ...

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