PKK set for Turkey ceasefire in Feb: paper

As an initial confidence-building step, around 100 militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party group will disarm and withdraw from Turkish soil, a daily said.

PKK set for Turkey ceasefire in Feb: paper

World Bulletin / News Desk

PKK militants will announce a halt to hostilities with the Turkish state in February according to the timetable of a fledgling peace process aimed at ending a 28-year-old insurgency, a newspaper report said on Tuesday.

As an initial confidence-building step, around 100 militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) group will disarm and withdraw from Turkish soil, the Hurriyet daily said.

Turkish intelligence officials began talks with jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan in late 2012 and Hurriyet said talks had also been held with the PKK in northern Iraq, where most of the group's militants are based.

The conflict is the chief domestic problem facing Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan after 10 years in power.

"According to the timetable on the table, the PKK will announce its decision to halt hostilities in February right after an official call by Abdullah Ocalan," the paper said.

Under a framework for peace discussed with Ocalan, the PKK members will ultimately disarm after withdrawing from Turkey and the government will in return boost Kurdish minority rights.

The paper did not identify its sources and officials were not immediately available to comment.

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