About U.S. Calls for PKK to Lay down Arms and End Terror
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U.S. Calls for PKK to Lay down Arms and End Terror info
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
The U.S. administration has called on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to lay down its arms and end its terror attacks on Turkey.
"We (the U.S.) are calling on the PKK for a termination of its attacks and laying down arms on the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of its attacks against our ally Turkey, U.S. Department of State spokesman Sean McCormack said on Monday in a written statement.
The statement recalled that the PKK have claimed the lives of over 30,000 people in Turkey since August 15, 1984 - when it began operating.
McCormack went on to say in the statement that although the violence declined a few years after the arrest of "terrorist" Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of PKK, in 1999, it resumed again in 2004.
Terrorist activities across Turkey experienced a resurgence following the ending of the unilateral cease-fire of the PKK terror organization two years ago.
So far 218 Turkish security force personnel have now been killed in PKK attacks since June 2004. The PKK caused the death of more than 30,000 people in Turkey between 1984 and 1999.
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