ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Kurdish rebels have confirmed that they will start withdrawing forces from Turkey to bases in northern Iraq on Wednesday.
The Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, declared a cease-fire in March and promised to pull fighters out of Turkey as part of peace talks aimed at ending a nearly three-decade-old conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people. The group has been fighting Turkey for autonomy.
A rebel statement said Tuesday that a first group of fighters will leave Turkey on Wednesday and be settled in bases in northern Iraq within a week.
Both Turkey and the PKK have said the withdrawal will take place quietly and without fanfare.
Selahattin Demirtas, leader of a pro-Kurdish political party, said the full withdrawal of forces could take three to four months.