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Kurdish Rebels Halt Turkey Pullout

Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters rest around a fire in northern Iraq in this May 14, 2013, file photo.Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters rest around a fire in northern Iraq in this May 14, 2013, file photo.
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters rest around a fire in northern Iraq in this May 14, 2013, file photo.
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters rest around a fire in northern Iraq in this May 14, 2013, file photo.
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Kurdish rebels say they have stopped pulling fighters out of Turkey, blaming the Turkish government for failing to push forward with reforms.
The Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, made the announcement Monday through the pro-Kurdish Firat news agency.  PKK officials said despite the move, they still intend to abide by a March cease-fire agreement.
The PKK first agreed to withdraw fighters from Turkey in May, moving them to safe havens in Iraq.  In exchange, the Turkish government was expected to enact a series of reforms aimed at improving the rights of Kurds.
Turkey's deputy prime minister dismissed the PKK statement, telling the Associated Press Monday that Turkey is still determined to take steps to end the long-running conflict.
PKK officials have called for Turkey to release PKK activists, soften anti-terrorism laws, change some electoral laws and allow Kurdish children to be educated in Kurdish.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been working on a package of reforms but has yet to bring it before the parliament.
Last month, Erdogan accused the PKK of failing to make good on their pledge to withdraw fighters, saying only about 20 percent of the rebel forces had retreated to Iraq.

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by: Ferhat Balkan from: Türkiye
September 09, 2013 11:47 PM
Let us not forget that these terrorists (PKK) have their roots in Communism. Their goal is to split Turkey in two and establish a Communist state. Their leader Abdullah Öcalan copied Mao's Red Book, translated it into Kurdish and distributed it to all PKK followers. They carry it with them wherever they go. The PKK gets their money from drug trafficking into Europe and also from sympathetic left-wing groups. Their cause has nothing to do with Kurdish rights. They never intended to leave Turkey in the first place. It's also important to note that the PKK is one of the few terrorist organizations that uses children to wage their war. Recruits as young as 15 to 17 years old have been known to fight for the PKK.

by: jale from: türkiye
September 09, 2013 5:22 PM
how is it possible to get agreement with terrorist because they just know to kill innocent people like children vomen and they are feding from blood. ı vish they realy vanted to get agreement but ı don't think so. ı even don't think they are kürdish people.they killed people without distinguishing türkish or kürdish. if it is wanted to have peace ı am sure it vill not be with terrorism,terrorist, blood, weapon

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