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Newroz message

, March 22, 2014

A man gestures during a gathering celebrating Newroz, which marks the arrival of spring and the new year, in Diyarbakir, Turkey, on March 21. Jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) called on the Turkish government on Friday to create a legal framework for their peace talks, whose fate is looking increasingly uncertain a year after he called a ceasefire by his fighters. Tens of thousands gathered in Diyarbakir, the largest city in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast, for the Kurdish new year celebrations of Newroz, where they listened to a statement written by Ocalan in his island jail of Imrali near Istanbul. Reuters/Umit Bektas




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