Mr Ocalan, who remains in jail, declared the ceasefire on 21 March in an historic gesture to put an end to the 30-year long conflict with the Turkish state. The initiative follows a number of recent developments in Kurdish policies.

First came the alignment of the Iraqi Kurds with the US during the 2003 invasion and the pivotal role played by Iraqi Kurds since then, either in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) or in federal Iraqi politics. (CONTINUED - 839 WORDS)