UPDATE 2-Kurdish rebel leader in Turkey calls for disarmament congress

February 28, 2015 8:30 PM

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ISTANBUL, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan 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 a 30-year insurgency by Kurdish rebels.

Turkey's president, Tayyip Erdogan, welcomed the call but cautioned the rebels had failed to deliver on previous pledges.

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