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“Neither the government nor any of Turkey’s intelligence units were surprised when the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) announced on Monday that it was ending a unilateral cease-fire -- which it referred to as a “non-action decision” -- that was announced on Aug. 13 of last year,” Today’s Zaman reads.

“We as the government govern the state, so we will do what it takes to ensure peace for our people as dictated by law and within the limits of law. A political party that is in Parliament hurling out threats of this kind during every election period puts pressure on people who want to exercise their democratic will and serves no other purpose,” Erdogan said, referring to the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), which has been accused of maintaining links to the PKK.,” the source says.

“In fact, the PKK’s move was expected, as intelligence units of the police department and other security related agencies have for some time been suggesting that the PKK would try to provoke residents of the East and Southeast ahead of general elections, scheduled for June 12 of this year, in an attempt to increase the votes of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP),” the daily reports.


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