5 April 2013Feature

One of Europe’s longest-running wars may be coming to an end, in large part due to a grassroots nonviolent intervention.


On 23 March, the Kurdish Workers’ Party (the PKK) declared a ‘formal and clear ceasefire’ in the guerrilla war it has been fighting with the Turkish government since 1984, which has cost over 35,000 lives.

While this is the third major PKK ceasefire since 1999, there are signs that this time there may be an opportunity for a genuine peace process.

Jailed PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan (known as ‘Apo’ or ‘uncle’) said on 21 March it was ‘time for the guns to go silent’.