PKK expected to complete withdrawal before end of summer

Thu 28 Mar 2013 02:41 GMT | 06:41 Local Time

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We are hoping to see the completion of the withdrawal from Turkish territory before the end of summer, Minister says.

Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin announced on Wednesday that he expects the withdrawal process of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) from Turkey to be complete before the end of this summer.

Speaking during an interview on broadcaster NTV, Ergin said: “Now, with a cease-fire, the withdrawal process will proceed. We will follow it. We are hoping to see the completion of the withdrawal from Turkish territory before the end of summer.”

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the European Union, is expected to withdraw from Turkey after a call to do so from jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan.

During celebrations of Nevruz, a spring festival, in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır last week, Ocalan called on the PKK to declare a cease-fire and withdraw from Turkey.

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