HDP delegation to visit Ocalan November 30
An exact date has been set for the visit of a parliamentary delegation to the jailed leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Abdullah Ocalan, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) announced on Nov. 25.

 “An expanded HDP delegation” will visit Ocalan, who is serving a life sentence on Imrali Island in the Sea of Marmara, on Nov. 30, the party’s press office announced, without elaborating on any new members of the delegation, Hurriyet daily said.

The most frequent visitors of the PKK leader so far have been the party’s deputy parliamentary group chairs, Idris Baluken and Pervin Buldan, and its Istanbul deputy Sirri Sureyya Onder.

Ocalan has been in dialogue with state officials, the HDP and its predecessor, the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), since at least late 2012, and is playing a central role in the process.

However, the talks have stalled since early October, when street violence claimed dozens of lives in countrywide protests against the government’s perceived inaction over the Islamic State (IS) assault on the Kurdish-populated town of Kobani in northern Syria, near the Turkish border.

News Code: 8942  |  Date: 2014/11/26  |  Time: 13 : 16

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