Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu addresses a press conference at the QEII centre in central London on February 4, 2016, towards the end of a donors' conference entitled 'Supporting Syria & The Region'. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS
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Turkey all but ruled out direct talks with Kurdish militants to end one of the worst periods of bloodshed in a three-decade insurgency Friday, saying the government would instead bring what it called civil society groups to the table.In a speech in the southeastern city of Mardin, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu unveiled what he billed as a new plan to bolster security and rebuild areas ravaged by conflict, but made clear the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group would be sidelined unless it laid down weapons.The Turkish army said it had killed 11 PKK fighters in the town of Cizre and seven in the Sur district of the main city of Diyarbakir on Thursday, bringing the militant death toll in the two areas to 700 since a security operation began in December.
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