Terrorist leader Öcalan nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- Jailed leader of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Abdullah Öcalan, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Turkish media reported on Monday.

Following an application submitted by Heval Kvestani — a parliamentary member of the Gorran Party of the Kurdistan Regional Government — Öcalan has been nominated for the peace prize by a committee that reviews the applications for the prestigious award, Turkish media reported on Monday.

In his reasoning, Kvestani claimed that Öcalan deserves the award for his contribution to the settlement process, which is aimed to disarm the terrorist group and to end the decades long conflict in Turkey’s southeast. He also reminded that Öcalan was among the Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The ongoing talks between Öcalan and Turkish government officials are the continuation of a 2010 negotiation that began in Oslo but was interrupted in 2011 following a deadly PKK attack. The process resumed when Öcalan intervened in a collective hunger strike held by Kurdish inmates in November 2012 and asked the protesters to stop, which they obeyed. Öcalan says the PKK does not want a homeland independent from Turkey, but would like more freedoms for Kurds and a degree of autonomy for the Kurdish dominant Southeast of the country.

The PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the EU and the US.

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NORTHERN IRAQ, 1998

VAR of Öcalan at the PKK camps
Öcalan shaking hands of armed terrorists
Öcalan at the Terrorist camp in Syria

KENYA, NAIROBI 1999

VAR of the masked Turkish intelligence members and Öcalan just after he was captured in Nairobi
Blindfolded Öcalan at a military plane just after he was captured
Turkish intelligence members
Handcuffed Öcalan in front of the Turkish flag

TURKEY, IMRALI ISLAND, 1999

Öcalan in a glass cage testifying at the court

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SOURCE: CIHAN