Kurdish PKK rebels kidnap three Turkish
August 7, 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: HPG •
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DIYARBAKIR, The Kurdish region of
Turkey,— Kurdish rebels abducted late Monday three
Turkish soldiers in the southeast of the country,
the Anatolia news agency reported quoting the local
Members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)
stopped a passenger bus on the Lice-Bingol highway
at 1710 GMT and kidnapped three soldiers who were
off duty, Diyarbakir governor Mustafa Toprak told
Anatolia on Tuesday.
The soldiers were travelling to see their families
in Sanliurfa province near the Syrian border, the
He added that an operation was under way to find the
Kurdish rebels stormed a Turkish army post on the
Iraq border Sunday, triggering fighting that killed
22 people in the latest clash since Ankara unleashed
a major offensive against the insurgents.
A series of similar assaults against troops in
Turkey's Kurdish region in the southeast (northern
Kurdistan) prompted the army to launch an all-out
offensive against PKK bases in the area last month.
Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin said Sunday as
many as 115 rebels had been killed since the
offensive began on July 23.
The Turkish ground and air operation, one of the
biggest in years, is focused on the Kurdish town of
in Hakkari province, and local media said about
2,000 Turkish troops were involved.
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
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
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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