Turkish army does not intend withdrawing from territories left by PKK militants
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 29 / Trend A.Taghiyeva /
The Turkish army is not going to leave the south-eastern region of the country where members of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) will withdraw soon, the website of the Turkish Armed Forces reported on Monday.
The Turkish Armed Forces also has no plans to reduce the number of military personnel and equipment in these regions.
Earlier, imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan called upon the organisation to lay down its weapons and leave the country.
Turkish authorities in turn promised that all PKK militants that have laid down their weapons will have a safe exit from the country. The process of withdrawal of the militants from Turkey will start from May 8, 2013.
The conflict between Turkey and the PKK over the creation of an independent Kurdish state has continued for more than 25 years and claimed more than 40,000 lives. The PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by the UN and the European Union.