Sinn Féin called on Turkey to release Öcalan

Sinn Féin MP for West Belfast, Paul Maskey, reiterated his party's demand that the Turkish state release jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan and urged the international community to step up pressure for a resumption of peace talks.

Paul Maskey MP said the recent visits by Mr Öcalan’s lawyers were a positive step but added his isolation “must end completely.”

Paul Maskey also said: “Sinn Fein has called on the Turkish government to release Mr Öcalan, who has been held since 1998. His release is seen as crucial to resolving a decades-long conflict in which thousands of people have been killed."

The Sinn Féin MP called on the international community to support demands for a return to peace talks. “Only the establishment of a credible, inclusive conflict resolution process will resolve the political problems in Turkey and bring about a just and lasting peace for all its citizens,” he said.