World News: 15:07 GMT Sunday 26th May 2019. [Yahoo Green News Feed via SPi World News]
The decision removed a source of tension in mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey after Ankara let Ocalan meet his lawyers this month for the first time since 2011, triggering speculation about possible fresh efforts to end conflict in the region. Pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) lawmaker Leyla Guven began a hunger strike in November in a bid to end Ocalan's years of isolation by securing him regular access to his family and lawyers. 'Comrades who have committed themselves to hunger strikes and death fasts, I expect you to end your protest,' Ocalan said in a statement read out by one of his lawyers at a news conference in Istanbul on Sunday morning.
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