Friday, September 29, 2006

Kurdish rebel boss in truce plea

Jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan has called on his Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to implement a ceasefire, a Kurdish news agency says.

Ocalan also urged the PKK to seek a peaceful solution to their conflict with Turkey, Firat news agency says.

Ocalan's statement was released from prison through his lawyers.

The PKK separatists implemented a five-year unilateral ceasefire after Ocalan was arrested in 1999, but resumed armed activities in 2004.

"The PKK should not use weapons unless it is attacked with the aim of annihilation," Ocalan's statement said.

It said it was "very important to build a democratic union between Turks and Kurds. With this process, the way to democratic dialogue will be also opened".

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