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Turkey presents bill to revive Kurdish peace talks

Turkish nationalist protestors hold up a flag and shout slogans against the Kurdistan Worker Party (PKK) during a demostration on June 9, 2014, in IstanbulA peace process aimed at ending a decades-long conflict between Turkey and Kurdish rebels was given a major boost on Thursday as the Turkish government proposed reforms to revive stalled talks. In an apparent bid to garner votes from Turkey’s biggest minority group ahead of presidential polls in August, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government submitted a bill to parliament that would remove a number of barriers to an eventual agreement. The six-article package of reforms would grant legal protection to key actors involved in peace talks with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a parliamentary source told AFP.

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