Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 22 / Trend R.Hafizoglu /
The militants of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) threatened Ankara with resumption of military operations in Turkey, Turkish Haber 7 TV Channel reported on Tuesday.
According to the TV Channel, this statement was made by the head of the political wing of the PKK Cemil Bayik.
The TV Channel also reported that the militants of the terrorist organization are ready to return to Turkey, if its demands are not met.
The conflict between Turkey and the PKK, which demands the creation of an independent Kurdish state, has continued for over 25 years and has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people. The PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization by the UN and the European Union.
Earlier, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Beshir Atalay said that the country will continue its efforts for PKK militants to leave Turkey.
According to him, the militants' departure from the country is currently a priority for Ankara.
Previously, imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan urged members of the organization to lay down their arms and leave Turkey.
Turkish authorities promised to create conditions for a safe withdrawal of all PKK militants who surrendered.
PKK militants began to leave Turkey on May 8.
According to the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinch, nearly 2,000 militants of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) were in Turkey and some 20 per cent of them have already left the country's territory.