Unilateral ceasefire to last until 2011 elections: KCK

PKK ceasefire extended until 2011 general elections

The Executive Committee of the Kurdistan Democratic Confederation (KCK) has announced that the unilateral ceasefire, which ended yesterday, has been extended up to the 2011 general elections.

The KCK statement says that "our movement has decided to extend the non-action process until the 2011 general elections in order to impose a democratic solution process [on Ankara] and ensure that the parliamentary elections in Turkey take place in a healthy environment."

Turkey's next general elections have not yet been formally scheduled but Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said last month he was thinking about the first week of June 2011.

As to the bomb in Istanbul the KCK statement underlines that "it is not possible for us to carry out such an action at a time when our movement has decided to extend a truce process. We are in no way involved in this attack."