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Kurdish chief to call for cease-fire of 30-year conflict in Turkey

- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 21, 2013

One of the bloodiest conflicts in the world could come to a halt Thursday, as Kurdish chief Abdullah Ocalan is expected to call his rebel fighters to cease fire in Turkey.

The Associated Press says a truce is forthcoming, and tens of thousands have already begun celebrating in one Diyarbakir public square. They're awaiting Mr. Ocalan's statement; he's behind bars but will sending out the call for peace from his jail cell, AP says.

Conflict has waged for nearly 30 years in Turkey, and tens of thousands have been killed.

Mr. Ocalan's fighters, united under the Kurdistan Worker's Party, or PKK, has been fighting for the right to rule themselves in the southeastern section of Turkey. The West regards PKK a terrorist organization, AP says.

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