Turkey's Kurdish southeast eyes economic dividend from peace

April 5, 2015 3:30 PM

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DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Ending the Kurdish insurgency in Turkey's impoverished southeast would unlock trade with Iran, Iraq and eventually Syria, and kick-start a local economy long left behind by the rest of the country.

Jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan said last month it was time to end a three-decade armed struggle that has killed 40,000 people and stunted development in the region, bringing the prospect of peace closer.

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