UPDATE 4-Erdogan makes conciliatory move to end Turkish protests

Fri Jun 14, 2013 12:34pm EDT
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* PM promises to abide by court decision on park plan

* Markets rise but unclear if protesters will go home

* Three dead, 5,000 injured in demonstrations

* Istanbul governor senses flexibility among protesters

By Daren Butler and Humeyra Pamuk

ISTANBUL/ANKARA, June 14 (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told protesters on Friday he would put redevelopment plans for an Istanbul park on hold until a court rules on them, striking a more conciliatory tone after two weeks of fierce anti-government demonstrations.

Erdogan again called on the hundreds of protesters still occupying Gezi Park to withdraw. But the atmosphere in their ramshackle settlement of tents was defiant, with a hard core of demonstrators still chanting for him to resign.

Financial markets rose on hopes that environmentalists who oppose the construction at Gezi Park would be satisfied. But with ruling party rallies planned for the weekend, it remained unclear whether other protesters with a wide variety of grievances against Erdogan would go home.

"You have stayed here as long as you could and have relayed your message. If your message is about Taksim Gezi Park, it has been received and evaluated," Erdogan said at a meeting of his AK Party. "Please now leave the Gezi Park and go to your homes."   Continued...