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Turkey's Detente With Kurdish Militants On Verge Of Collapse

NPR | Sept. 18, 2013 5:01 p.m.

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Peter Kenyon

As Turkey continues to pursue a hawkish approach to the Syrian conflict, analysts say one of Prime Minister Erdogan’s biggest peace initiatives at home is foundering. Although militants from the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers Party, have partially withdrawn to northern Iraq, the withdrawal has stalled as the government failed to enact long-awaited reforms. With Syrian Kurds emboldened and newly empowered in northeastern Syria, ending Turkey’s decades-long battle with its Kurdish minority is more crucial than ever. But with local elections looming in Turkey, observers say the peacemaking effort may have to wait.

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