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Sat 23 Feb 2013

Kurdish delegation visits jailed PKK leader in Turkey in crucial step for peace process

A group of pro-Kurdish politicians visits the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Working Party (PKK) in a crucial step to advance peace talks on ending a 28-year-old insurgency, which has killed more than 40,000 people to date. 

The delegation to visit Abdullah Öcalan will consist of non-Kurdish leftist film-maker Sirri Sureyya Onder, Altan Tan, who has an Islamist background and Pervin Buldan, a long-time Kurdish female activist.

The PKK, which is considered a terrorist organization by Ankara, the United States and the European Union, is a guerrilla movement that has been fighting for the autonomy of Kurdistan and greater rights for Kurds in Turkey.

It is expected that Ocalan will call for a ceasefire  via the delegation in exchange for reforms boosting the rights of Turkey's Kurdish minority.

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