World Bulletin / News Desk
Fifteen members from Turkey's outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group have surrendered to authorities in the south-eastern province of Sirnak.
According to the province's governorship, the fifteen rebels handed themselves in at the Habur border crossing and are currently undergoing the necessary legal procedures.
This recent case has increased the number of former PKK fighters to hand themselves in to the security services at the border since May 21, 2013 to 272.
Late last year, outgoing Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was elected as Turkey's new president on Sunday, issued a bill paving the way for those PKK militants who haven't been involved in any crime to return home after laying down arms.
The Turkish government has been in talks with Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of the PKK, since the end of 2012 to agree to a PKK pull-out from Turkey in return for increased opportunities for Turkey's Kurdish minority to have their voiced heard in politics.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Ağustos 2014, 10:57