Turkey awaits ceasefire call by PKK leader

Jailed PKK chief Abdullah Ocalan was set to call a "historic" ceasefire on Thursday.

Turkey awaits ceasefire call by PKK leader

World Bulletin / News Desk

Jailed PKK chief Abdullah Ocalan was set to call a "historic" ceasefire on Thursday, raising expectations for an end to a three-decade conflict with Turkey that has cost tens of thousands of lives.

The widely anticipated ceasefire call is to come in a letter penned by the leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) from his isolated island prison cell, and millions of people nationwide are set to tune in to hear his words read out on television and radio.

The announcement, which Ocalan in a previous letter said would be "historic", has been timed to coincide with the Kurdish New Year, or Newroz, that will see hundreds of thousands gather for celebrations in the Kurdish-majority city of Diyarbakir.

Last Mod: 21 Mart 2013, 10:55
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