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PKK commander vows to follow jailed leader's roadmap

English.news.cn   2013-02-19 00:53:13            

ANKARA, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- A prominent leader and acting commander of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) said on Monday that they will follow a roadmap presented by the PKK's imprisoned leader Abdullah Ocalan.

The PKK network, based in hideouts in northern Iraq, will abide by the decision of Ocalan regarding the peace process launched by the Turkish government to end nearly three-decade insurgency, Murat Karayilan told the pro-PKK Firat news agency.

He stressed their movement was "one" under the leadership of Ocalan, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in Imrali Island in 1999.

Ocalan's roadmap should make call on both the PKK network and the Turkish government, Karayilan said, stressing that first of all, the government's "attitude and practical steps" are determinant for them to act in line with the roadmap.

"A practical step that can actually be taken seriously so far has not been taken by the state or the government," Karayilan added.

Turkish intelligence organization officials have been holding regular talks with Ocalan on Imrali Island to reach a settlement in which the group must first lay down arms and then leave the country.

The Turkish government resumed talks with Ocalan in January as part of a recent "peace process" to end the three-decade conflict with the PKK. But nationalist opposition politicians object any talks with Ocalan.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, took up arms in 1984 in an attempt to create an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey. Since then, more than 35,000 people have been killed in conflicts involving the group.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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