Turkish minister says return of PKK members process continues

The Turkish state minister for media said that "return from the mountain" process continued.

Turkish minister says return of PKK members process continues


The Turkish state minister for media said on Monday that "return from the mountain" process continued.

Turkey's State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said that the government had only interrupted the process of bringing the members of the outlawed organization PKK from the mountains.

"We have not totally given up the process," Arinc told the private NTV channel.

Arinc said that the government was saying that the process of bringing the members of PKK could continue and militancy could be eradicated.

The minister said that there could be so big incidents and Turkey could come to such a negative point that the interruption process could be extended for some more time.

Arinc enumerated the two steps of the process as ending militancy and raising democratic standards, and underlined importance of bringing PKK members from mountains to end armed fighting.

"If you cannot control those who are climbing the mountains and if you cannot enable members to come down from mountains, and if they are deployed in and out of Turkey, then this means that terrorist acts will continue," Arinc said.

Arinc also said that there would be more PKK members who would return to Turkey in November.

On October 19, 34 PKK members, coming from the north of Iraq, surrendered to Turkish gendarmerie forces at the Habur border crossing between Turkey and Iraq.

Security forces released all the surrendered PKK members.

Turkey was expecting some more members of the terrorist organization from Europe to arrive in Istanbul on October 28. However, their arrival was postponed after popular and political reactions to a welcoming ceremony during the surrender of 34 PKK members last week.

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