Three German tourists kidnapped by Kurdish rebels in Eastern Turkey will not be released until Germany renounces its policies against the guerrillas, according to a statement from the captors. The three were captured by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, as their 13-strong group set up camp, ready to climb Mount Ararat.
The area is to the north of the main conflict zone, where the rebels are fighting for a Kurdish homeland. The PKK, which is considered a terrorist organisation by Turkey, America and the EU, says its captives are in good health.
Germany has recently banned a Kurdish TV station, and last year, extradited two PKK militants to Turkey.