US considers PKK retreat a 'positive step'

A spokesperson for the US Secretary of State said the PKK's decision to withdraw was a positive step toward ending more than three decades of tragic violence.

US considers PKK retreat a 'positive step'

World Bulletin/News Desk

The US government has stated that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party’s (PKK) decision to withdraw its forces from Turkish soil was a "positive step."

Patrick Ventrell, acting deputy spokesperson for the US Secretary of State, responded to a question related to the PKK's retreat in his daily press briefing on Thursday.

"So we have seen the media reports that the Kurdistan Workers' Party is calling for its fighters to withdraw from Turkey. This is a positive step toward ending more than three decades of tragic violence. We applaud the courageous efforts of the Government of Turkey and all parties concerned to work toward a lasting peace. The US will continue to support the people of Turkey in their efforts to advance democracy and improve the lives of all of Turkey's citizens," Ventrell said. 

Last Mod: 26 Nisan 2013, 10:30
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