Iran Rejects Kurdish Rebels' Truce Offer
    2011-09-05 23:23:07     Xinhua       Web Editor: Jiang

Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) rejected Monday a ceasefire offer by the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) and called on the group to withdraw its militants from Iranian border areas.

"We demand that PJAK terrorist group first withdraw from Iran's border regions. The announcement of a ceasefire has no meaning at the present," an IRGC commander, Colonel Hamid Ahmadi, was quoted by satellite Press TV as saying.

He said that after the withdrawal of PJAK, talks will be held on truce if deemed necessary, according to the report.

On Monday, Press TV said that the PJAK has called for a ceasefire with the IRGC after fresh rounds of operations against the group in northwestern Iran.

The announcement of ceasefire came upon the request of some " mediating parties" to find what the group called "peaceful solutions" to the conflicts between two sides, said the report.

However, the IRGC rejected the offer and called on the PJAK to withdraw its militants from Iranian border areas.

The state-run IRIB TV website reported on Monday that 22 Kurdish militants were killed and 27 others were injured by the IRGC troops in northwestern Iran over the past days.

"The operations to clear the country's northwestern area of the members of PJAK terrorist group will continue with strength," said Ahmadi.

The IRGC announced Saturday that it had begun fresh operations against the PJAK in northwestern Iran.

Iran has recently deployed 5,000 military personnel in the northwest of the country along its border with the Iraqi Kurdistan region.

Recent clashes between the IRGC and PJAK militants have led to the death of dozens from both sides.

Western Iran witnessed regular armed clashes between security forces and Kurdish militant parties, in particular PJAK, an anti- Iran Kurdish group linked to Turkey's outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK).

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