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PKK leader calls for end to armed struggle

The jailed leader of the PKK, Abudllah Ocalan, has reiterated his call on his fighters to lay down their arms in their fight against Turkey.

Pro-Kurdish politician Sirri Sureyya Onder, who visited Mr Ocalan in prison last week, read out a statement by the leader at an event marking the Kurdish Newroz festival.

Mr Ocalan called for a congress to decide on abandoning the armed struggle, in a message heard by hundreds of thousands of supporters at a rally in Diyarbakir.

The leader of the PKK was jailed in 1999 and is serving a life sentence for treason.