Two thirds of PKK militants leave Turkish territory
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 20 / Trend A.Tagiyeva /
Two thirds of the militants of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) left Turkey and moved to northern Iraq, 'Sabah' newspaper reported on Thursday.
The last group of fighters from the Black Sea region of Turkey arrived in the province of Diyarbakir to move to Iraq. It is reported that the last group of rebels will completely leave Turkey in the coming months.
PKK militants began leaving Turkey on May 8.
Imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan previously called on members of the organisation to lay down their arms and leave the country.
The Turkish authorities promised to create the right conditions for PKK militants who laid down their weapons to freely leave the country.
The conflict between Turkey and the PKK over an independent Kurdish state has lasted for over 25 years and has claimed more than 40,000 lives. The PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by the UN and the European Union.