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PKK's Ocalan Renews Call To End Armed Struggle

The jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan on March 21 renewed a call for his fighters to end their armed struggle against Turkey, hailing a “new era” in relations between Turks and Kurds.

In a message read to Kurds celebrating Norouz, Ocalan said the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, should convene a congress to decide to abandon arms and seek a peaceful solution.

The PKK has been waging a 30-year armed struggle for Kurdish independence. The Kurdish insurgency has claimed the lives of some 40,000 people.

In 2013, Ocalan called for a cease-fire and the withdrawal of Kurdish rebels from Turkish territory. But the Kurds said that the government failed to keep its promises.

There was no immediate PKK response to Ocalan's latest message.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and The New York Times