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Kurdish Rivals Declare Cease-Fire

Wed., Nov. 26, 1997

An Iraqi Kurdish group agreed Tuesday to match a cease-fire declared by its rival a day earlier.

The Kurdistan Democratic Party had announced a halt of military activity Monday after regaining areas in northern Iraq from its rival, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan “We are looking forward to efforts to find a genuine, lasting peace,” Shazad Saib of the Patriotic Union told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The two Iraqi Kurdish groups, which have shared power in northern Iraq since 1991, had resumed fighting on Oct. 12, shattering a 12-month cease-fire that had been mediated by the United States, Britain and Turkey.

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