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The Grand Turk
Turkey's Kurdish rebels to declare ceasefire
[Bangla Daily Star] Turkey's Kurdish rebels will declare a ceasefire and withdraw to their bases in northern Iraq in the spring as part of a deal brokered between their tossed in the slammer
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leader and the country's intelligence agency, media reported yesterday.

According to the agreed timetable, the Kurdistan Workers' party (PKK) will declare a ceasefire in February at the urging of their tossed in the slammer
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leader Abdullah Ocalan, daily Hurriyet reported.

As a confidence-building measure, some 100 PKK members will lay down arms and withdraw to northern Iraq in the spring, once the snow melts off the mountains along the two countries' border, according to the daily.

But the complete disarmament will depend on the course of negotiations with Ankara, it said.

There is an estimated 4,000-4,500 Kurdish rebels and more than half of them are based in northern Iraq where the group enjoys safe haven.
Posted by:Fred

#4  Not clear yet iff this attempt at preemption worked, as the Iraqi Kurds have repor warned BP not to drill for oil - exploratory or otherwise -for the IGA, or else.
Posted by: JosephMendiola   2013-01-30 22:28  

#3  The Turks are also allowing Kurdish to be used in the courts as well.
Posted by: Pappy   2013-01-30 11:09  

#2  Turks are in negotiations with Ocalan, and have recently allowed Kurdish testimony in court.
Posted by: Fred   2013-01-30 10:15  

#1  The Iraqi and Syrian Kurds need Turkey as their protector. So I expect the Iraqi Kurds have been doing some heavy duty arm twisting.
Posted by: phil_b   2013-01-30 01:17