INTRODUCTION: The Turkish authorities have been keeping up a series against anarchy against underground rebel groups.
GV Soldiers uncovering weapons in undergrowth.
GV Soldiers finding weapons in graveyard and carrying them away.
GVs Weapons discovered in undergrowth and put on white cloth on ground. (2 SHOTS)
GV Collection of weapons laid on white sheet, inspected by soldiers.
GVs More weapons found in graveyard inspected by troops.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Turkish authorities have been keeping up a series against anarchy against underground rebel groups. The fight against anarchy and factional strife started last September when the civilian government of former Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit was overthrown.
SYNOPSIS: On Monday (6 April) Turkish security forces showed their discovery of a collection of about 600 rifles and pistols at Nazalli in eastern Turkey. Since General Kenan Evren seized power, more than hundred rebels -- members of what are officially called separatist movements -- are reported to have been killed and 20,000 imprisoned.
The Turkish army has been trying to wipe out both left and right-wing violence and the government says there's been a 90 percent drop in the crime rate. In March, the authorities announced the capture of the Istanbul branch of Kawa -- a leading Kurdish nationalist group. The concentration on Kurdish extremists has been a major part of the army's struggle against factional violence. Martial law authorities in eastern Turkey say over 2,000 people suspected of being "Apoists" -- one of the main underground Kurdish movements -- have been detained since the military takeover.
On Wednesday (8 April) it was reported that Turkey was pressing its allies to speed up talks in Paris, aimed at stemming the flow of Western arms to the rebel groups. Turkish soldiers are still recovering over 7,000 weapons a week.