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Publish Date: 14:45 - 04 March 2013
TEHRAN, YJC. A Kurdish deput, has said weapons may be silenced before March 21, when a spring festival called Nevruz is celebrated.
Kurdish deputy Ahmet Türk, who was among a group of deputies who had talks with senior leaders of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq over the weekend, has said weapons may be silenced before March 21, when a spring festival called Nevruz is celebrated.

Independent Mardin deputy Türk and several other deputies from the BDP met with a delegation of the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), known as a political umbrella organization that encompasses the PKK, in the Kandil Mountains on Saturday.

Türk said the KCK will probably respond to letters from jailed PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan in 10 days. Öcalan reportedly wrote three letters detailing his "roadmap” for a solution, to be delivered to the BDP, PKK commanders in Kandil and senior PKK leaders in Europe. The letters allegedly reached their addressees last week.

"I hope to see weapons silenced before Nevruz,” Türk said. Noting that the KCK delegation headed by PKK commander Murat Karayılan expressed full support for the decisions of Öcalan, Türk said all Kurds support the recently launched government-backed initiative to address the Kurdish issue.

Turkish state authorities have been holding the "peace talks” with Öcalan since last October with the aim of achieving a timetable for the disarmament of the terrorists. A delegation of Kurdish politicians traveled to İmralı Island, where Öcalan is serving a life sentence, last month to discuss the negotiations. At those talks, the PKK leader signaled the terrorist group may declare a cease-fire and release soldiers and state employees it is holding, according to a statement read by the politicians.

Van independent deputy Aysel Tuğluk also said the meeting they had with senior PKK leaders raised her hopes for a solution. "They also fervently want a peaceful solution to this issue,” she said, referring to the PKK administration.

Source: Today's Zaman
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