It is a new step towards the end of the Kurdish conflict · The judge ruled on Tuesday rebels could not be held 'because they returned under their own free will' · 8 rebels crossed the border from PKK bases in Northern Iraq alongside a group of Kurdish refugees · They arrived in a gesture of commitment with the peace process.
Batasuna’s top leader, Arnaldo Otegi, trade-union leader Rafa Diez and Rufi Etxeberria, among others, have been accused of organizing a new political group, allegedly successor of Batasuna · Basque Nationalist Party official Joseba Egibar has said arrested leaders “have opted for peaceful means”, and Aralar says that “nobody can be imprisoned for being into politics”.
Catalan deputy Miquel Carrillo (Catalan Republican Left, ERC) has requested the international organization 'not to allow Morocco to violate existing international agreements' · The Fourth Commission is the international body monitoring remaining decolonization processes.
NEWS IN BRIEF. Egypt’s role in negotiations is a key factor to reach an agreement and hold legislative and presidential elections next year.
According to UN mediator, two delegations have met in Austria “in an atmosphere of serious engagement, frankness, and mutual respect" · Sahrawis have called for the right to self-determination to be implemented, while Moroccans have offered autonomy · King of Morocco seeks to “regionalise” the country.
These are the first elections after the Tigers defeat · Governmental party in Sri Lanka wins in Jaffna with an abstention of 77% · Pro-independence Tamil forces say the strategy of Sinhalese nationalist parties has failed
Hürriyet newspaper says the proposal is planning to amend the Constitution in the long run to acknowledge cultural diversity in Turkey · It is expected that PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan releases a “road map” on August 15.