Initial PKK groups to withdraw have made it into Iraq

Published 13.05.2013 17:25
Updated 13.05.2013 17:31

The withdrawal of the PKK terrorist organization from Turkey’s borders as part of the ongoing resolution process has begun from the location where the conflict first began; Hakkâri's Şemdinli district.

Groups of PKK members in Şemdinli, located along Turkey's border with Iran and Iraq and the site of decades of intense conflict, have now made their way to Iraq. The initial groups to withdraw were from Gediktepe, Çarçel and the Derecik region's Yeşilova. The groups of PKK members followed a route that spanned through Kavşak, Çarçela and Kazan Valley, located between Çukurca and Şemdinli and then crossed into Iraqi territory from Cevizli. Once in Iraq, they followed a course through Tırvaniş, Çemço and Zive to reach the PKK's zone in the Amediye region in Iraq.

PKK members will be meeting with the press today in Zap Valley. According to the information obtained, the groups trekked the approximately 20-kilometer route in four days.

This is a translation of an article originally written by Müjgan Halis.

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