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PKK threatens end of cease-fire if Turkey doesn't act on agreement

July 26, 2013 at 11:21 AM   |   Comments

ANKARA, Turkey, July 26 (UPI) -- Kurdistan's PKK rebels say a cease-fire with Turkey could end soon if the government doesn't begin taking steps agreed to during peace negotiations.

A senior leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) says Turkey has less than 90 days to act, Today's Zaman reported Friday.

"Our patience has a limit and we have little time," Sabri Ok, an executive member of the Union of Kurdish Communities, said in an interview.

The PKK has "already taken every agreed step," Ok said.

Jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan had said if Ankara did not take action to fulfill its side of the settlement agreement by Oct. 15 "the cease-fire will be broken," Ok said.

The PKK said it has withdrawn its armed groups in the first step of the agreement. The second step involves constitutional amendments and legal changes. The third and final step calls for the PKK to disarm.

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