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Turkish government did not respect September 1 deadline

05 September, 18:52

(ANSAmed) – ANKARA, SEPTEMBER 5 – Accusing Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan of not honoring his agreements, Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Cemil Bayik announced Thursday that Kurdish rebels have suspended their retreat from Turkey to northern Iraq, local media reported.
Kurdish rebels began retreating in April as part of a negotiated deal with Turkey, which had agreed to enact far-reaching political, cultural and constitutional reforms in their favor by September 1.
”The Turkish government has still not acted. This proves they are not looking for a solution. We are interrupting the retreat,” Bayik said, adding he has been ”tricked”. Such reforms were to be a first step in ending the conflict, which has killed 30,000 people in 30 years, most of them Kurdish.
Jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, held in the Imrali island prison, has been negotiating for a political solution to the conflict with the Turkish government since the end of 2012.

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