Syrian Kurdish group ‘not invited to peace talks’

27 January 2016 0

 The Syrian Kurdish group the Democratic Union Party (PYD) has not been invited to peace talks in Geneva at the end of the week, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Wednesday. Turkey opposes the PYD’s attendance at negotiations over the future of Syria due to start Friday. The group is linked to the PKK, which has waged a 32-year insurgency against the Turkish state that has seen more than 40,000 killed and is listed as Read More

Turkish could be official EU language

20 January 2016 0

Turkish could become an official language of the EU thanks to the efforts of the Greek Cypriot leader, an official said Tuesday. Nicos Anastasiades has been lobbying for Turkish to be made the EU’s 25th official language ahead of expected reunification with Northern Cyprus, Baris Burcu, a spokesman for the president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, said. Speaking at a news conference in Lefkosa, Burcu described the move as a “late but well-meaning Read More

Cameron welcomes Davutoglu to London

18 January 2016 0

David Cameron has welcomed his “good friend” Ahmet Davutoglu, the Turkish prime minister, who is making a two-day visit to the U.K.  In short remarks ahead of formal talks at the British Prime Minister’s offices on Downing Street, Cameron offered his condolences following Monday morning’s rocket strike on a school in southern Turkey that killed one person.  He said: “We face these challenges together with you, the fight against terrorism, against Daesh, and also the Read More

Syria agrees to allow aid into besieged Madaya town: UN

8 January 2016 0

The Syrian regime has agreed to allow aid into besieged Madaya town where residents are reportedly starving to death, the UN said in Geneva on Thursday. Apart from providing aid to Madaya in the coming days, the UN will also provide assistance to two towns, Foah and Kefraya, in the Syrian province of Idlib which are besieged by rebel groups, it added. “We are particularly concerned about the plight of nearly 400,000 people besieged by parties Read More

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