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Kurdish leader calls on PKK to halt violence 'without if or buts'

Selahattin Demirtas, co-leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party, waves during a peace gathering in Istanbul on August 9, 2015The leader of Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish political party on Saturday called on Kurdish militants to halt a month of violence against the security forces “without if or buts”. The comments were the clearest call yet from Selahattin Demirtas — the charismatic young leader of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) — for the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to agree an unconditional ceasefire. “The PKK has to stop its armed attacks and bombings in the towns and the mountains without ifs or buts,” the Dogan news agency quoted Demirtas, 42, as saying in a speech in the western city of Izmir.

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