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No one is sacred…Assassinations in Paris…Photos from the PKK-Turkey war…

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Police disperse demonstrators on March 18, 2012 after traditional Kurdish celebrations were canceled by the Turkish government.

Police disperse demonstrators on March 18, 2012 after the Turkish government announced that traditional Kurdish celebrations would be limited.

Washington DC — On Thursday, it was reported that three Kurdish women were shot dead in Paris. The execution style slayings come as the Turkish government publicly announce talks with Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party or PKK, a Kurdish militant group. Responsibility for the killings likely belongs to elements within the Turkish state or the PKK that do not want peace.

See photos related to this long-standing conflict on this blog and here and here 

The killings occurred not long after the announcement of this new initiative to end the conflict. The deaths tragically show how difficult any attempt at peace-making between the Turkish state and the PKK will be. Past peace initiatives have ended following spikes in violence likely meant to derail a settlement on terms that do not suit hardliners.

One of the women killed in Paris was Sakine Cansiz, a PKK co-founder. With the Turkish government relying on the involvement of Ocalan, who is still regarded as the head of the militant organization, to signal the seriousness of the new initiative, whoever ordered the killings may be trying to make a point: No one is sacred.

Police disperse demonstrators on March 18, 2012 after traditional Kurdish celebrations were canceled by the Turkish government.

A Kurdish man is arrested as police disperse demonstrators on March 18, 2012 after the Turkish government announced that traditional Kurdish celebrations would be limited.

Police disperse demonstrators on March 18, 2012 after traditional Kurdish celebrations were canceled by the Turkish government.

Police disperse Kurdish demonstrators.

The grave of a PKK commander killed fighting Turkish soldiers in Turkey's Tunceli province. Diyarbaki. June 30, 2011.

The grave of a PKK commander killed fighting Turkish soldiers in Turkey’s Tunceli province. Diyarbakir. June 30, 2011. The names on the grave are both the commander’s PKK code name and given name.

Diyarbakir, Turkey. June-July 2011.

Rally for the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) in Diyarbakir, Turkey. June-July 2011.

Diyarbakir, Turkey. June-July 2011.

Rally for the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) in Diyarbakir, Turkey. June-July 2011.

A Turkish family in Istanbul mourns a relative killed fighting the PKK as a young conscript.

A Turkish family in Istanbul mourns a relative killed fighting the PKK as a young conscript.

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Written by Justin Vela

January 11, 2013 at 2:01 am

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