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In this photo provided by the Turkish Prime Minister’s Press Office, Pro-Kurdish legislator Sirri Sureyya Onder, right, and Turkey’s deputy prime minister Yalcin Akdogan speak after a meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan has called on his fighters to lay down arms as part of a peace process to end a 30-year insurgency, Turkey’s main Kurdish party said Saturday. Onder said Ocalan is asking his Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, to hold an extraordinary congress in the spring to take the “historic decision” to end its armed struggle. There was no immediate response from PKK commanders who are based in northern Iraq, but the group generally heeds Ocalan’s calls. (AP Photo/Prime Minister’s Press Office)