Iraq: Kurdish rebels to announce ceasefire, says president

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Iraq’s president Jalal Talabani (photo) on Monday said that Kurdish rebels would announce a ceasefire later in the night. The announcement from the Iraqi leader comes amid hectic diplomatic moves to prevent a Turkish attack on northern Iraq. Reports say an aide to Talabani confirmed that the Iraqi president said that the PKK [the outlawed Kurdistan Workers party] will announce a ceasefire on Monday evening. He was speaking at the airport in the Kurdish city of Sulaimaniya. On Monday, Turkey’s foreign minister Ali Babacan said Ankara would pursue political solutions first.

…According to the Turkish military, eight Turkish soldiers are still reported missing after an attack by Kurdish rebels on Sunday that left 12 dead. The (PKK) has been blamed for recent attacks that have left more than 40 Turkish soldiers and civilians dead. Protests in Turkey have put pressure on the government to launch raids on rebel positions inside Iraq.

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