PKK Cease-Fire Creates an Opportunity, If Not Yet a Breakthrough

PKK Cease-Fire Creates an Opportunity, If Not Yet a Breakthrough

Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, has called for a truce with Turkey, with which the Kurdish rebel group has fought for 30 years.

In a letter that was read earlier today to crowds gathered for the Kurdish New Year celebrations in southern Turkey, the PKK chief called for a cease-fire and for the removal of PKK fighters from the country.

While past truces have been called and then abandoned, the announcement is being greeted with optimism in some quarters.

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