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THEY MAY be about to lay down their arms and end 15 years of bloodshed, but Turkey's Kurdish rebels insist their struggle is far from over.

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THEY MAY be about to lay down their arms and end 15 years of bloodshed, but Turkey's Kurdish rebels insist their struggle is far from over.

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Kurds kill three in Ocalan protest

KURDISH REBELS killed three people yesterday in an attack on a coffeehouse in eastern Turkey that security officials said was a protest against the death penalty imposed on the rebels' leader, Abdullah Ocalan.

Turks hold victory march in PKK city

THERE WAS no mistaking the message. This was a victory march, and a territorial claim. Hundreds of young Turkish men marched yesterday through Diyarbakir - the ancient black-walled city Abdullah Ocalan once dreamt of making the capital of an independent Kurdistan - to celebrate the rebel leader's death sentence.

Ocalan: `This is a sentence on the Kurdish people'

THE HEAD of the self- proclaimed Kurdistan parliament in exile condemned the death sentence on Abdullah Ocalan as one against all Kurds.

Leading Article: Mr Ocalan is no saint, but he should not hang

ABDULLAH OCALAN, the Kurdish rebel leader, is no democratic hero. His party, the PKK, is rightly regarded with suspicion by governments the world over. His own role in the deaths of thousands is hardly disputed, least of all by himself during the trial. But the death sentence passed on Ocalan yesterday is no way for Turkey to solve its Kurdish problems. On the contrary, it can only make things worse.

PKK still backs Ocalan Kurds `ready to fight on'

TURKEY'S KURDISH rebels yesterday gave full support to the peace calls of their leader, Abdullah Ocalan, but stopped short of embracing his appeal that they lay down their arms.

Girl, 13, killed by suicide bomber

A TEENAGE girl was killed yesterday when a suicide bomber tried to hurl himself at a regional governor in eastern Turkey. The girl, 13, was the latest victim of a wave of bomb attacks that has swept Turkey since the capture of the Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan.

Islamic party seeks votes from Kurds

THEY ARE poor, they have suffered 14 years of violence, but the Kurds of Turkey's troubled south-east still have a voice in elections. As yet another Kurdish suicide bomber hit Turkey yesterday, the Islamist Virtue Party made its bid for the disillusioned Kurds' votes.

Letter: Television terror

Sir: Philipp Blom's article on MedTV (24 March) is chiefly notable for its omissions. MedTV broadcasts in several Middle Eastern languages, and about 40 per cent of its output is in Turkish.

We may not have a nation but at least we have a TV station

Thirty-five million Kurds may not have a country, but they do have a television station. Except that the ITC is closing it down after pressure from Turkey.

Watchdog suspends Kurd TV

A KURDISH satellite TV station was ordered off the air by watchdogs yesterday for broadcasting calls to carry out acts of violence in Turkey.
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