PKK militants to leave Turkey by late June


It is expected that the militants of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party will leave Turkey by the end of June, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey Bekir Bozdağ said, Sabah newspaper reported on Thursday, says Trend.

According to Bozdağ, there is no need for a legal framework to ensure security for the PKK.

"Earlier, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he will ensure the exit for PKK members from Turkey, and there is no need to create a legal framework as a guarantee to his words," Deputy Prime Minister said.

Last Thursday, during the celebration of Nowruz in the Turkish city of Diyarbakir, imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan called on the organisation to lay down their weapons and leave the country.

Turkish authorities in turn promised all PKK militants that have laid down their weapons the facility for a safe exit from the country.

The conflict between Turkey and the PKK requiring creation of an independent Kurdish state, continues for more than 25 years, and has claimed more than 40,000 lives. PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by the UN and the European Union.