Ocalan calls on PKK to lay down arms
The jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) Abdullah Ocalan called on his followers to lay down their arms in a forthcoming conference in spring, the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) announced on Saturday.

"This is a historic declaration of will to replace armed struggle with democratic struggle," said HDP's Sirri Sureyya Onder at a joint press conference with Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan and Interior Minister Efkan Ala in Istanbul following their 45-minute meeting, Xinhua reported.

"We call on all democratic parties to support this democratic solution," Onder said.

He added that "our main target is to reach a democratic solution to resolve the 30-year conflict permanently."

For his part, Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan said that silencing arms would contribute to the democratic development. "We are determined to conclude this (solution) process with full support of the public."

The PKK first demanded separation from Turkey to create an independent Kurdistan but nor asks for autonomy and greater political and cultural rights for Kurds inside the Republic of Turkey.

News Code: 9732  |  Date: 2015/03/01  |  Time: 8 : 41

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