Erdogan slams brakes on Kurdish peace process, eyeing advantage ahead of key elections

April 8, 2015 10:43 AM

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Erdogan slams brakes on Kurdish peace process, eyeing advantage ahead of key elections

FILE - In this Saturday, March 21, 2015 file photo, supporters hold flags showing the image of imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan during the Nowruz celebrations in southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir, Turkey. The peace process to end decades of violent strife between Turkey and Kurdish rebels has been one of Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s signature achievements. But with key parliamentary elections looming in June, the president has hit the brakes on peace talks _ and exposed a rare rift within his own party. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File) (The Associated Press)

With a traditional Nowruz fire in the background, supporters hold posters of imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan during the Nowruz celebrations in southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir, Turkey, Saturday, March 21, 2015. The peace process to end decades of violent strife between Turkey ...

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