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 Four Turkish soldiers killed in clash with Kurdish PKK rebels

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Four Turkish soldiers killed in clash with Kurdish PKK rebels  27.6.2012  
By Ekurd.net staff writers




Turkish soldiers in the Turkey's Kurdish region. 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: EPA
June 27, 2012

DIYARBAKIR, The Kurdish region of Turkey, — Four Turkish soldiers were killed Wednesday in a clash with Kurdish rebels fighting for autonomy in the country's southeast, a local security source said, AFP reported.

Three soldiers died in an early-morning ambush by members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Eruh town in Kurdish Siirt province (Northern Kurdistan), some 90 kilometres (55 miles) from the Iraqi Kurdistan region border.

In a separate clash, also in Eruh, one soldier was killed and another wounded in an assault by the Kurdish rebels, the source added.

Last week eight Turkish soldiers were killed in an attack on their outpost near the Iraqi border,www.ekurd.net and some 30 rebels died in a retaliatory operation that followed.

Turkish jets also bombed rebel hideouts in mountainous northern Iraq.

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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