Demonstrators hold flags and portraits of jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan during a gathering to celebrate New Year in Diyarbakir
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Kurd rebel leader calls Turkey truce during NY celebration

21 March 2013 Last updated at 15:51 GMT

Thousands of people who gathered for New Year celebrations in the Turkish city of Diyarbakir have heard the jailed leader of the Kurdish rebels, Abdullah Ocalan, call for a ceasefire.

In a message read out to the crowd, Ocalan urged his fighters to withdraw from Turkey.

More than 40,000 people have died in the 30-year fight for an ethnic Kurdish homeland in Turkey's south-east.

James Reynolds reports.