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UPDATED: 08:25, April 01, 2006
Turkey's Diyarbakir back to normal after three-day riots
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Situation has returned to normal in southeastern Turkish province Diyarbakir after three days of violence, semi-official Anatolia News Agency reported on Friday.

Most of shop owners have opened their shops in Diyarbakir on Friday, although small groups of illegal demonstrators were continuing in the Baglar district of the province, Anatolia reported.

Many Diyarbakir residents have come out of their homes for work, school or pleasure on Friday afternoon, the report added.

Since the violence erupted on March 28 after the funeral of four members of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) killed in a recent military operation, six people were killed and at least 250 others injured in Diyarbakir in the past 72 hours.

Security forces also arrested at least 268 people involved in the violence, said the report.

Meanwhile, Turkish Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu and Agriculture and Rural Affairs Minister Mehmet Mehdi Eker arrived in Diyarbakir to assess the situation there.

The PKK launched an armed campaign against Turkish government in 1984, fighting for the establishment of an independent Kurdish state in southeastern Turkey.

Fighting has subdued significantly since the PKK commander Abdullah Ocalan was captured in 1999. But the PKK called off a unilateral ceasefire in 2004, disrupting the fragile peace.

Ankara refuses to negotiate with the PKK which it deems as a terrorist organization.

Source: Xinhua


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