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    End to PKK unilateral ceasefire

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    07.10.2005 - 09:26 | Son Güncelleme:

    The outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) called an end to the unilateral ceasefire against Turkey on Thursday. The one-month long ceasefire had been extended until October 3, the date Turkey started accession talks into the EU. The rebels said in a statement that the ceasefire had come to an end, demanding that as Ankara had now opened talks with Europe, it was now a problem for the EU not only for Turkey.

    "With the start of the negotiations the Kurdish problem is no longer just Turkey's problem, it is now a basic problem of the EU," the PKK statement said.

    "It is certain that the Kurdish people will use their legitimate right of active defence and democratic resistance to protect themselves and their national honour against the increasing operations of destruction by the Turkish state," said the PKK statement.

    Although the PKK had called a ceasefire, the Turkish government had ignored the gesture and continued security operations in the troubled and predominantly Kurdish southeast of the country.

    A statement printed in the German Mesopotima news agency read, "The lack of any mention in the EU's negotiation framework agreement of a solution to the Kurdish problem, or even a single word about the continuing low-intensity war, is an endorsement of the Turkish state's policy of denial."

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