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Turkey voices caution over rebels' truce call

 In this photo taken Sunday, March 17, 2013, Kurds wave banners depicting imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan in Istanbul, Turkey. Impriso...
 In this photo taken Sunday, March 17, 2013, Kurds hold banners depicting imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan in Istanbul, Turkey. Impriso...
 FILE -In this July 24, 2012 file photo, honour guard soldiers carry the flag-covered coffin of Ahmet Caglar, one of four soldiers killed in fighting ...
 FILE - In this file photo provided by the Turkish Intelligence Service on Feb. 18, 1999,  Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan poses in front of Turk...
 FILE - In this  Monday Feb. 15, 1999 file photo  provided by the Turkish Intelligence Service o the chief of the Kurdistan Workers Party, PKK, Abdull...

Turkey Kurds

In this photo taken Sunday, March 17, 2013, Kurds wave banners depicting imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan in Istanbul, Turkey. Impriso...

Turkey Kurds

In this photo taken Sunday, March 17, 2013, Kurds hold banners depicting imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan in Istanbul, Turkey. Impriso...

Turkey Kurds

FILE -In this July 24, 2012 file photo, honour guard soldiers carry the flag-covered coffin of Ahmet Caglar, one of four soldiers killed in fighting ...

Turkey Kurds

FILE - In this file photo provided by the Turkish Intelligence Service on Feb. 18, 1999, Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan poses in front of Turk...

Turkey Kurds

FILE - In this Monday Feb. 15, 1999 file photo provided by the Turkish Intelligence Service o the chief of the Kurdistan Workers Party, PKK, Abdull...

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has welcomed the Kurdish rebel leader's call for a cease-fire and for thousands of his fighters to leave Turkey.
Erdogan on Thursday also sounded a note of caution, however, saying Turkey wanted to see "to what extend it is implemented" by the rebels. Erdogan was speaking at a joint news conference with his Dutch counterpart.
Erdogan said Turkish security forces would cease operations against the rebels as soon as Ocalan's call is implemented.
The Turkish leader also lamented the fact that no Turkish flag was flown at festivities in Turkey's largest city in southeast Turkey, where imprisoned rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan's message was read.
Erdogan says the lack of a flag was a "provocative act" and contrary to spirit of Ocalan's message for peace.


Updated : 2020-12-04 13:21 GMT+08:00