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 Four Kurd PKK rebels killed in Turkey's Kurdish region

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Four Kurd PKK rebels killed in Turkey's Kurdish region  15.6.2012  




The PKK demanded Turkey's recognition of the Kurds' identity in its constitution and of their language as a native language along with Turkish in the country's Kurdish areas, the party also demanded an end to ethnic discrimination in Turkish laws and constitution against Kurds, ranting them full political freedoms. Photo: AFP 
June 15, 2012

DIYARBAKIR, The Kurdish region of Turkey, — Turkish security forces have shot dead four Kurdish rebels who had crossed into the Kurdish region in southeastern Turkey from Syria, local officials said late on Thursday.

A firefight erupted when the rebels were discovered crossing across the Syrian border into the town of Alakamis in the Sirnak province late on Wednesday, the local governor’s office said in a statement.

The two sides opened fire after the four refused to surrender, it said, adding that the men were high-ranking members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The PKK has several times proposed peaceful solutions regarding Kurdish problem, Turkey has always refused saying that it will not negotiate with “terrorists”.

Since it was established in 1984, the PKK has been fighting the Turkish state, which still denies the constitutional existence of Kurds, to establish a Kurdish state in the south east of the country, sparking a conflict that has claimed some 45,000 lives.

But now its aim is the creation an autonomous Kurdish region and more cultural rights for ethnic Kurds who constitute the greatest minority in Turkey, numbering more than 20 million. A large Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.

PKK's demands included releasing PKK detainees, lifting the ban on education in Kurdish, paving the way for an autonomous democrat Kurdish system within Turkey, reducing pressure on the detained PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, stopping military action against the Kurdish party and recomposing the Turkish constitution.

Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population as a distinct minority. It has allowed some cultural rights such as limited broadcasts in the Kurdish language and private Kurdish language courses with the prodding of the European Union, but Kurdish politicians say the measures fall short of their expectations.

The PKK is considered as 'terrorist' organization by Ankara and U.S. The PKK continues to be on the blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which overturned a decision to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its political wing on the European Union's terror list. 

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