Azerbaijan, Baku, July 1 / Trend, A. Taghiyeva /
As of the first five months of 2013, the investments in the Turkish south-eastern regions increased by four times, Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan was quoted today by Yenisafak newspaper.
According to the minister, it was possible to achieve these huge investments after the project of providing investors with tax benefits in the south-eastern regions of the country was achieved.
"An agreement on withdrawing the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party's members from Turkey made with the party played an important role," Caglayan said.
The minister said that after PKK militants fully leave from the Turkish south-eastern regions, the rapid development will be observed.
PKK militants began leaving the Turkey on May 8.
Imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan previously called on members of the organization to lay down arms and leave the country.
Turkish authorities promised to create conditions for PKK militants who laid down their weapons to freely leave the country.
The conflict between Turkey and the PKK over an independent Kurdish state has gone on for over 25 years and has claimed more than 40,000 lives. The PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization by the UN and the European Union.