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 Iraqi Kurdistan's Barzani sends $40,000 to Uludere victims' families in Turkey

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Iraqi Kurdistan's Barzani sends $40,000 to Uludere victims' families in Turkey  7.1.2012 

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Kurdish Regional Government President Massoud Barzani. 2011 Photo: Getty See Related Links
January 7, 2012

ERBIL-Hewlêr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — Justice and Development Party Deputy Chairman Hüseyin Çelik announced on Wednesday that the families of the Kurdish victims will be paid compensation for the deadly attack by Turkish airstrike.

Massoud Barzani, leader of northern Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region, has sent $40,000 to the relatives of the victims of the deadly airstrike that took place in Şırnak’s Uludere district in the Kurdish region in southeastern Turkey [northern Kurdistan] on the 28th December 2011.

35 civilian Kurds died in the course of Turkish aerial strikes in in the Kurdish village of Roboski near Iraqi Kurdistan border.

Serbest Lezgin Sındori, a Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official, accompanied the gift to Uludere on Thursday, where he met the families of the victims and offered Barzani’s condolences. Sındori also delivered $40,000 to community leaders in Uludere and the nearby villages of Ortasu,
www.ekurd.net Gülyazı and Yemişli, to be distributed to the families of the victims. Sındori passed on the message that Iraqi Kurds are sharing in the sorrow of the people of Uludere.

Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Deputy Chairman Hüseyin Çelik announced on Wednesday that the families of the victims will be paid compensation for the deadly attack.

Hasip Kaplan, BDP parliamentary group president and deputy for Şırnak has said that Ankara is behind the massacre in the Kurdish village of Roboski. On 28 December Turkish warplanes bombed the are near the village killing 35 civilian Kurds.

Çelik, who met with the Ankara representatives of various press organizations on Wednesday, said that “an apology would not bring the dead back,” in response to questions over whether the government has any plans to apologize. “Compensation could be interpreted as an apology from the state, but the government will also apologize if needed,” he clarified.

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has submitted a proposal that requests that the state pay TL 64,460 in compensation to the next of kin of each victim killed in the airstrike.

CHP Ardahan deputy Ensar Öğüt submitted the proposal on Wednesday, which seeks to amend the current law that regulates the level of compensation to be paid to victims of terrorism. The proposal seeks to increase the amount from TL 22,000 to TL 64,460.

Meanwhile, Customs and Trade Minister Hayati Yazıcı stated on Thursday that the government is considering of opening a duty-free border gate near Gülyazı, Uludere district, that will discourage people in the region from crossing the borders illegally.

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