Kurdish PKK begins withdrawal from Turkey in peace bid

May 8, 2013 8:04 AM

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Kurdish PKK begins withdrawal from Turkey in peace bid

The Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, have begun its gradual withdrawal of some 2,000 fighters from the Kurdish region of Turkey into northern Iraq. The move is part of a new peace bid with the government in Ankara.

The PKK's jailed leader, Abdullah Ocalan, called for a cease fire with Turkey in March and for the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters in southeastern Turkey. The pro-Kurdish Firat news agency reported on Tuesday that the process would begin on Wednesday as planned.

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