Turkey says it will hold talks with Kurdish militants

Reuters, By Pinar Aydinli

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey opened the door to talks with Kurdish militants it brands terrorists on Monday, raising hopes of a push to end a conflict which has killed tens of thousands of people and stunted development in its mainly Kurdish southeast.

Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin said talks would be held with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group, Turkey’s main domestic security threat, which took up arms almost three decades ago and seeks Kurdish autonomy.

“These talks have been held as and when deemed necessary in the past, and will be held in the future,” Ergin told reporters in Ankara. He did not elaborate.

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