March 21, 2013
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Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan declares ceasefire with Turkey (Constanze Letsch, 3/20/13, The Guardian)
Posted by Orrin Judd at March 21, 2013 9:36 PMKurds in Istanbul wave banners depicting PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, who said the ceasefire was an 'historical call'. Photograph: Burhan Ozbilici/APKurdish separatists in Turkey are poised today to take the most critical step yet in efforts to end a 30-year conflict with the Turkish state when they call a ceasefire.Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers' party (PKK), is due to use the Kurdish new year's celebrations today to announce a truce, according to Kurdish politicians who recently visited the Turkish prison island of Imrali, where Ocalan has been held for the past 14 years. [...]While Ocalan stressed in his peace roadmap that the Kurds did not demand a separate independent state, he did underline the importance of substantial constitutional and judicial changes that would guarantee Turkey's Kurdish population all cultural rights and give more power to local authorities.