The Washington Post, US
WHILE TURKEY has achieved a major coup, the consequences of its success in bringing the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) leader home are likely to be portentous. First, there is the question of his trial and the death sentence the prosecutor will probably demand, creating a new estrangement in Ankara's relations with the EU. Second, what impact will Mr Ocalan's incarceration have on the future of the struggle of the PKK fighting for autonomy and linguistic rights? Third, will Turkey be able to reconcile its natural desire to be part of Europe with a continuing refusal to give cultural and linguistic rights to its Kurds on the ground that it does not recognise this ethnic minority?
Khaleej Times, UAE
THE TURKISH government faces several challenges. It seems that Ankara wants to present the Ocalan issue as the cause of its problems and, by putting him on trial, seems to want to announce the end of the PKK, Ocalan and all Turkey's problems. However, observers are of the opinion that any uncalculated measures taken by the Turkish government regarding the Ocalan issue will exacerbate the already out-of -control situation.
TURKEY'S TREATMENT of its Kurdish minority remains a stain on its reputation and a major obstacle to its admission to the European Union. With Ocalan behind bars, Ankara may feel that his PKK has been effectively decapitated and so be more inclined to compromise with Kurdish moderates. That is a course of action that the West certainly should be urging.
Sydney Morning Herald,