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PKK leader calls on militants to lay down arms to seek 'democratic solution'

The jailed leader of Turkey’s main Kurdish militant group, Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), urged militants to end a 30 year armed struggle to seek a “democratic solution.”

Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of the PKK, speaking on national Kurdish TV, said,

“We are in the process of bringing an end to the 30 year of conflict, in the form of a perpetual peace, and our main goal is to reach a democratic solution.”

“I am calling on the PKK to convene an extraordinary congress in the spring months, to make the strategic historical decision about ending the armed struggle based on mutually agreed principles.”

Over 40,000 people, mostly Kurds, have died fighting for a Kurdish homeland in the south-east of Turkey, reports BBC.