MESOP : OBAMA’S VOICE MARIE HARF SALUTES APO – U.S. welcomes Kurdish leader’s call for disarmament of PKK

3 March 2015 – MESOP – WASHINGTON,— The United State welcomed on Monday a call for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, to lay down its arms against the Turkish military.

Turkey’s imprisoned Kurdish leader called on his followers to take a “historic” decision to lay down their arms, according to a statement on Saturday, a crucial step in Turkey’s drive to end the 30 year insurgency by Kurdish rebels. “We would welcome all steps in support of a peaceful resolution in this conflict and commend the efforts of both the government and all parties concerned to work towards a lasting peace,” said State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf.