Outlawed PKK ends unilateral cease-fire

The outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, on February 28 ended a unilateral cease-fire it had declared in August 2010, the pro-Kurdish news agency Firat reported. The news agency cited a statement from the PKK that said it would “defend itself more effectively” but refrain from attacks. The statement also said the cease-fire could not be maintained due to the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP’s, “unwillingness” to resolve the Kurdish issue.

The PKK justifies its decision to end the cease-fire with the claims that Turkey’s government has been targeting Kurdish politicians unfairly while refusing to investigate allegations of Kurdish mass graves in the country’s Southeast. Political observers expect increased PKK attacks leading up to the June 12 elections.

Source: Hurriyet Daily

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