The Turkish PM urged PKK militants on Friday to surrender to security forces and benefit from an existing amnesty for those who voluntarily leave the group.
Turkish army helicopters in recent weeks have dropped thousands of leaflets on mountain paths used by the PKK, to infiltrate Turkey. The leaflets tell of the amnesty and urge militants to leave the PKK.
"We are telling (militants) who are on the mountains and have not engaged in bloody terrorist acts: 'go back to your mother and father,'" Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an address to members of his ruling party.
The amnesty pardons militants who leave the PKK voluntarily and who have not been engaged in fighting. PKK leaders who share critical information about the group also qualify for the amnesty.
The amnesty program has existed for 17 years, but has failed to lure most militants into giving up.
"The terrorist organization does not represent my ethnic Kurdish citizens," Erdogan said. "The terrorist group has not shown anything to my citizens except for blood and tears."
Speaking to reporters later, Erdogan said: "those who have never meddled (in terrorist acts), those who were exploited, are a loss for this country and for my Kurdish citizens. We want to prevent such loss. We hope that we will achieve positive results."
Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Aralık 2007, 18:17