World Bulletin / News Desk
The Justice Ministry on Thursday approved a list of deputies from the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), who sought permission to visit the jailed leader of the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) as part of ongoing peace talks to disarm the PKK.
The deputies will travel to İmrali Island, where jailed PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan is serving a life sentence.
After a long controversy over the deputies to be included in the delegation, the BDP on Thursday announced that it officially submitted to the Justice Ministry a list of three -- Pervin Buldan, Altan Tan and Sırrı Süreyya Önder. The delegation will meet with Öcalan as part of the talks aimed at resolving Turkey's long-standing Kurdish problem.
The ministry approved the request and the meeting was scheduled for Saturday.
Last week, the party unofficially named Ahmet Türk, co-chairman of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Congress (DTK) and an independent deputy, BDP Co-chairperson Selahattin Demirtaş and Buldan, the BDP parliamentary group deputy chairwoman, as the politicians who will go to İmralı to meet with Öcalan.
However, Prime Minister Recep Tayyiğ Erdoğan had reportedly rejected the BDP's unofficial list and the party had been asked to prepare a new list. The BDP made a new list after a meeting on Thursday evening.Last Mod: 21 Şubat 2013, 12:10