First Kurdish rebels arrive in Iraq under Turkey peace plan

May 14, 2013 10:50

HEROR, Iraq - The first group of Kurdish militants to withdraw from Turkey under a peace process entered northern Iraq on Tuesday, and were greeted by comrades from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), in a symbolic step towards ending a three-decades-old insurgency.

The 13 men and women, carrying guns and with rucksacks on their backs, arrived in the area of Heror, near Metina mountain on the Turkish-Iraqi border, a Reuters witness said.

PKK fighters began leaving their positions in southeast Turkey on May 8 after a ceasefire declared by jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan in March to end a conflict that has killed 40,000 people and ravaged the region's economy.

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