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Turkish Kurds to Get Amnesty

The Turkish Government has prepared a draft bill intended to grant a partial amnesty to members of the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party (Kadek), formerly known as the PKK. If it is passed, this bill could mark the beginning of a new chapter in relations between the Turkish Government and Kadek. An estimated 5,000 armed militants are believed to be in hiding in the south-east of the country and many of them have crossed over into the mountains of northern Iraq. The proposed new legislation – described by the Turkish media as “a repentance bill” – would extend pardons to Kurds whose crimes consisted only of being members of the banned Kurdish Workers Party and who had not resorted to violence. Turkey’s interior minister Abdulkadir Aksu, described the measures as a new and very serious step by the government to establish social peace. Full Story

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