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Ankara bars peace mission

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Riot police, backed by armoured personnel carriers, prevented an international peace mission from entering the Turkish capital.

The peace mission set off from Istanbul on Sunday in the hope of promoting a political solution to the Turkish-Kurdish conflict in the south-east of the country. The war with Kurdish rebels has killed 28,000 people since fighting began in 1984. The police stopped six buses, carrying some 300 Turkish and foreign human rights activists, and barred them from delivering a peace statement in downtown Ankara. Ankara - AP