People stand near by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) flag in the center of Diyarbakir on September 14, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ILYAS AKENGIN
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A commander of the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) ruled out a unilateral cease-fire Thursday and accused the Turkish government of pursuing war to gain more votes.Hundreds have been killed in almost daily bloody clashes between the PKK and security forces in the largely Kurdish southeast since a long-standing ceasefire and peace overtures fell apart in July. The PKK launched a separatist armed struggle in 1984 before moderating its goal to improving the rights of Turkey's roughly 12 million Kurds.The Union of Kurdistan Communities (KCK), the Kurdish militants' umbrella political group, had said on Wednesday it appreciated calls made by democratic groups in Turkey, the European Union and European Parliament for a mutual ceasefire and a return to negotiations.
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