Turkish army warns over 'red lines' in Kurdish peace talks31 August 2014 | 16:58 | FOCUS News Agency
His comments came amid intensified efforts by the government to restart stalled peace talks with the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK), which launched an insurgency seeking self-rule in the southeast in 1984.
"We have made clear that we will do and say whatever necessary if our red lines have been crossed..." Turkish armed forces chief of staff Necdet Ozel said late Saturday, adding that these included "territorial integrity".
"We have been fighting this struggle for 30 years," he added during a reception hosted by newly inaugurated President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Cankaya presidential palace for Victory Day, a national holiday marking the final battle in the Turkish War of Independence.
Erdogan launched clandestine peace talks with the PKK's jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan in 2012 to end a conflict that has claimed about 45,000 lives over three decades. The military were not included in these talks.
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