ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's interior minister says Kurdish rebels are expected to release a group of captive soldiers and officials as part of peace efforts between Turkey and the rebels.
Muammer Guler says the rebels will hand over the captives on Tuesday to a group of Kurdish legislators who are traveling to northern Iraq, where the rebels maintain bases. Last month, the rebels' jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan called on the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) to release the captives. The message was relayed by Kurdish legislators who visited Ocalan on his prison island as part of the talks aimed at ending the decades-long conflict which has claimed some 30,000 lives since 1984.
The rebel-linked Firat News website says the PKK is holding six soldiers, a local administrator and a police officer.