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 Explosion on Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline interrupts Iraq's oil flow to Turkey

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Explosion on Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline interrupts Iraq's oil flow to Turkey  6.8.2012  





 
The blast hit the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline in Kurdish Mardin province in Turkey Kurdistan close to Turkey's border with Syrian Kurdistan.
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.
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August 6, 2012

ANKARA,— An overnight blast in Turkey's Kurdish region in southeastern of the country interrupted oil flow from Iraq, with Kurdish PKK rebels suspected to be behind the explosions, Turkish authorities said Monday.

The blast hit the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline in Kurdish Mardin province in Turkey Kurdistan close to Turkey's border with Syrian Kurdistan and repairs are expected to take up to 10 days, an energy ministry official said on customary condition of anonymity.

The incident, believed to be an act of sabotage by the Kurdish rebels, also sparked a fire that was brought under control on Monday, according to another source from the ministry.

PKK have sabotaged the pipeline several times in the past as part of an armed campaign against the Ankara government.

The pipeline has also been repeatedly attacked by Sunni Arab insurgents inside Iraq since the US-led invasion of the country in 2003.

The oil flow was again cut last month when a fire erupted in the same Mardin province after a rebel attack.

On July 20, 2012, a blast put out a fire on a Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline carrying about a quarter of Iraq's oil exports. They blamed sabotage by Kurdish separatists for the explosion.

On July 1, 2012, the PKK claims responsibility for Baku-Tbilisi gas pipeline sabotage: The PKK claimed responsibility  for the explosion on the pipeline in Sarıkamış district of Kars in the Kurdish region in southeastern Turkey near the Armenian border on 29 May

On April 4, 2012, PKK claims responsibility for bombing pipeline in Turkey: The blasts in southeastern Turkey on April 3, temporarily shut down a pipeline pumping oil from Iraq,www.ekurd.net with Kurdish rebels suspected to be behind the explosions, Turkish authorities said. Three blasts hit the section of the pipeline running near the border city of Idil in the Kurdish Sirnak province, sparking a fire, said a statement by the Sirnak regional government.

The 970-kilometre (600-mile) pipeline runs from Iraq's northern oil hub of Kirkuk to the port of Ceyhan on Turkey's Mediterranean coast, pumping 450,000 to 500,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

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.

But now its aim is the creation an autonomous 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.

The PKK wants constitutional recognition for the Kurds, regional self-governance and Kurdish-language education in schools.

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, 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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