Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Turkey

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Turkey

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April 29: Turkish forces arrested 16 suspected militants in the province of Bursa. Turkish authorities linked the suspects to the group Ansar al-Islam who were planning attacks during the Istanbul NATO meeting scheduled to take place in June. [AP, 5/3]

May 6: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan began an official visit to Greece in an effort to improve ties between the countries. In what was the first visit to Greece by a Turkish Prime Minister since the late 1980s, Erdogan aimed to normalize relations with Greece. [FT, 5/6]

May 7: The Turkish parliament approved constitutional reforms to ease entry into the European Union, including abolishing the death penalty, guaranteeing equal rights for women, altering the court system, and mitigating military influence. [NYT, 5/8]

May 25: The failure of Turkey's efforts to privatize Tupras, the state oil company, caused a sharp drop in Turkish stock prices and the Lira. [FT, 5/26]

May 28: The separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) declared that its five-year unilateral ceasefire with Turkey would end June 1, blaming the "Turkish state's destructive operations over the last three months." More than 30,000 people, mostly Kurds, have died since the PKK took up arms against Turkey in 1984. …

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