World Bulletin / News Desk
A PKK commander has said his militants will release a group of Turkish soldiers and officials within a week as part of a peace process to end a 28-year-old conflict, a news agency close to the militants reported on Wednesday.
Turkish officials began talks last October with Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan, imprisoned on an island near Istanbul, with the aim of ending a conflict in which more than 40,000 people have been killed.
As part of confidence-building steps, the PKK had been expected to release around a dozen Turks - most of them junior soldiers and police officials - whom it is holding at its bases in the mountains of northern Iraq.
"Technical preparations are now being made. We have decided to hand over the state officials who we are holding captive within a week," PKK commander Murat Karayilan was reported as saying by the Firat news agency.Last Mod: 06 Mart 2013, 14:46