PKK 'surrender' tests Turkey plan
20-Oct-2009 (one comment)

Eight Kurdish rebels have crossed into Turkey from Iraq to give themselves up in a sign of support for peace efforts.

The PKK militants left their refuge in the Qandil mountains and were joined by 26 other Kurds, including refugees from a camp in Iraq, before entering Turkey.

They were met near Silopi by a Turkish judge and five prosecutors to determine whether they had committed any crimes.

Turkey has been working on a peace plan to end a 25-year conflict with rebels who want autonomy in south-east Turkey.

The PKK - or Kurdistan Worker's Party - this year marked the 25th anniversary of its fight for autonomy, which has resulted in more than 40,000 deaths.

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diplomatic ties for the first time. This may put an end to the long and bloody conflict between the PKK and Turkey and lead to a peaceful settlement that would satisfy both the Kurds and the Turks.