The group of men and women, including eight PKK fighters and Kurdish refugees, smiled as they entered Turkish territory on Monday, crossing over from the Iraqi Kurdish region, where most of the estimated rebels are based. They were immediately detained by Turkish security forces.
The symbolic move came in response to a government initiative to end a conflict that has claimed more than lives, displaced thousands and led to allegations of gross human rights violations.
The surrender was announced over the weekend by a PKK official who stressed that it was a gesture to the Turkish government in response to its democratization initiative. The initiative aims to bring to an end to the -year conflict between the Turkish state and the PKK.