|KHRP Welcomes Release of German Nationals Kidnapped in Turkey|
KHRP welcomes the release of three German nationals who were reportedly taken hostage by the armed wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) earlier this month.
The trio, who were part of a 13-member climbing team on an expedition on Mount Ararat, Agri province, were freed unharmed on 20 July.
A statement by the PKK’s armed wing, the People’s Defense Forces (HPG), said the incident was a response to alleged German policies against the Kurds and the PKK.
According to Reuters news agency, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters in Berlin that under the circumstances the three were “quite well” and added, "The main thing is that we, together with the released men and their families, are very relieved."