Three Kurdish women activists have been found dead with bullet wounds to the neck and chest in the Kurdistan information centre in Paris. One of the women found in the early hours of Thursday morning was said to be Sakine Cansiz, a co-founder of the Kurdistan Workers' party (PKK)...Another victim of the Paris shootings, Fidan Dogan, was part of the Kurdistan National Congress, based in Brussels. The third was a young activist.
...The French interior minister, Manuel Valls, was at the scene and described the killings as "intolerable" and "unacceptable." He said French anti-terror police would help with the inquiry. French police sources told reporters that the crime-scene suggested "an execution", but the circumstances and motive remain unclear.
The decades-long conflict between the Turkish state and the PKK has killed about 40,000 people since the 1980s.
Isn't Paris much further away from Turkey than Gaza is to Israel?
I hope you recall that just recently there was optimism that the dispute would be rectified through negotiations, that
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan announcedhttp://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/01/pkk-peace-turkey.html#ixzz2HaKIWXiS right before the New Year, a “dialogue” has begun with Abdullah Öcalan, the jailed leader of the PKK, springing a new expectation for peace in the air.
One pundit wrote:
Turkey was ushered into 2013 with great expectations that major steps would be taken to resolve the Kurdish question, considered to be the gravest problem in the country’s 90-year republican history. A suppressed sense of cautious optimism prevails among the people: the developments appear to be too good to be true and nourish anxiety about the devastating consequences if the hopes give way to disappointment.