Civil groups in Turkey call for end of armed conflict

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A large group of local civil society organizations in southeastern Turkey on Monday called for end of armed conflict between the Turkish security forces and the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK), said a statement.

"All forms of military operations should stop and the PKK should declare inaction," Galip Ensarioglu, head of Diyarbakir Chamber of Commerce, said in a joint statement on behalf of the group of 99 civil society organizations.

"In order to solve the Kurdish issue and to provide an environment for peaceful coexistence for the people, all dynamics that could assume an active role should be involved in this process," Ensarioglu said.

The Turkish armed forces have warned that the PKK might intensify its operations over the summer, when warmer weather brings increased infiltration of PKK guerrillas from the mountainous areas in northern Iraq.

Listed as a terrorist organization by the Turkish government, the United States and the European Union, the PKK took up arms in 1984 to create an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey. Some 40, 000 people have been killed in the conflicts.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:黄蓓蓓)

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