Baghdad irked by PKK pullout from Turkey

Baghdad irked by PKK pullout from Turkey

 

Iraq has said it will not permit militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to remain on its soil as fighters from the group continued the second day of a withdrawal from Turkey to northern Iraq as part of an ongoing peace process.

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry said in a written statement on its website yesterday that the country “does not accept the entry of armed groups into its territory … [otherwise it will] undermine the security and stability of Iraq or … neighboring countries.”

PKK militants started to withdraw from Turkish soil on May 8 in line with a recent announcement by senior PKK leader Murat Karayılan at a press conference in the Kandil mountains of northern Iraq.