Thursday, June 02, 2005

Turkish Kurdish party offers new ceasefire, peace talks

Turkey’s rebel Kurdistan Workers’ Party said Wednesday it was ready to declare a ceasefire and offered to begin peace talks with Ankara.

"We appeal to the Turkish government, asking it to end military operations in order to open the path of dialogue, and we are ready, on our side, to decree a ceasefire," said leading PKK official Murad Karialan.

The outlawed rebel group, which last year called off a five-year-old unilateral ceasefire, has been holding a congress in the northern Iraqi village of Lijwa, close to the border with Iran.

(Source: KurdishMedia)

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