The number of PKK terrorists who have surrendered in the southeastern province of Sirnak has increased to 672, after 10 more militants surrendered on Wednesday as a consequence of Turkey’s Peace Process launched in 2013.
Ten militants surrendered to Turkish security forces in Turkey’s southeastern province of Sirnak on May 13 after they ran away from PKK camps.
PKK is recognised as a terrorist organization by Turkey as well as the US, NATO and the EU, and fighting with the group has claimed the lives of 40,000 people over three decades.
The Sirnak Governorate said total number of 672 PKK terrorists laid down arms and surrendered in Sirnak, including the recent militants, since the beginning of 2013.
The militants can benefit from a law exempting them from punishment if they were found to be not engaged in any armed attacks in Turkey.
The resolution process also known as “peace process” publicly was launched in 2013 and the majority of the efforts of the process are aimed at resolving the three decades old conflict between the militant outlawed PKK and the government..
Data collected by the Interior Ministry of Turkey in late March showed that there has been a rise in the number of PKK terrorists that turned themselves in since 2013.
The data showed 150 militants had laid down arms and surrendered themselves to Turkish authorities before the process started in 2012.
According to the ministry’s data, 233 PKK terrorists surrendered in 2013, the year in which the process began.
Jailed PKK leader Ocalan made a call to withdraw all armed PKK members from Turkish lands and put an end to the armed conflict during the March 21 2013 Newroz celebrations, a festival that the Kurdish population of Turkey see as an important traditional event.
“The PKK must convene a congress to end the 40-year armed conflict against Turkey,” said Ocalan during this year’s Newroz message.