Turkish Kurd Separatist Leader Makes Truce Call

RIA Novosti
Thursday 21st March, 2013

MOSCOW, March 21 (RIA Novosti) – Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) who is serving a life sentence, urged the PKK on Thursday to end its confrontation with the Turkish authorities, withdraw its militants from the country and start peace negotiations to settle a 30-year conflict. “I am appealing to millions and saying: All those who bear arms, leave Turkey,” Ocalan said in a statement read out by representatives of the pro-Kurdish Party of Peace and Democracy in the city of Diyarbakir, southeast Turkey, predominantly populated by Kurds. “Lay down your weapons and …

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