Three German tourists kidnapped by PKK on a climbing expedition this month are safe with Turkish government, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Sunday.
"We have the German mountaineers. The Foreign Minister Ali Babacan has called the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier to inform him," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Burak Ozugergin.
Tight measures against PKK
The governor of an eastern province of Turkey said on Sunday that PKK militants, who could not stand against the tight measures taken by Turkish security forces, had to release the three German mountaineers they kidnapped from Mount Agri on July 8th.
Mehmet Cetin, governor of the eastern Agri province, told reporters that Turkish security forces immediately reached the region upon the release of German tourists and they brought the mountaineers to Dogubayazit town centre.
"Upon the completion of medical examinations and legal proceedings, the mountaineers will be delivered to the German delegation waiting in Agri," Cetin said.
PKK kidnapped three German mountaineers on July 9th, 2008 from Mount Agri in eastern Turkey. Thirteen mountaineers, headed by a guide, were camping at 3,200 meters of altitude when five militants raided the camp and abducted three mountaineers.
After the attack, Turkish gendarmery launched a wide-scale search and rescue operation and the other mountaineers were brought to Agri's Dogubayazit town.
Thanks for intense efforts
German foreign minister thanked Sunday Turkish security forces for their efforts to save the three German mountaineers who were kidnapped by PKK militants in an eastern Turkish province last week.
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany told reporters that the mountaineers were in good condition and officials from the German embassy in Ankara took care of them.
Steinmeier also said that he talked to Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan on the phone and asked him to thank Turkish security forces who displayed intense efforts for the release of German mountaineers.
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