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US considers PKK retreat "positive step"

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

US considers PKK retreat "positive step"

WASHINGTON (AA) - The US government has stated terrorist organization PKK's decision to withdraw its forces from soil of Turkey was a "positive step."

Patrick Ventrell, acting deputy spokesperson for the US Secretary of State, responded to a question related to PKK's retreat beyond borders, 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.

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