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 Two Turkish soldiers killed in suspected PKK attack in Turkey's Kurdish region

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Two Turkish soldiers killed in suspected PKK attack in Turkey's Kurdish region  20.8.2012  





 
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 
August 20, 2012

KIRIKDAG, Turkey's Kurdish region,—Two Turkish soldiers were killed by a landmine on a road in southeast Turkey on Monday in an attack believed to have been carried out by Kurdish militants, security sources said.

The attack by suspected members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) also wounded several Turkish soldiers travelling in an armoured vehicle between Hakkari and Van provinces, the sources said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The violence is a headache for Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan as he seeks to limit the impact on Turkey of the conflict in Syria, where the PKK is exerting growing authority in some border areas. Ankara believes PKK militants are receiving arms from Syrian forces.

The ANF news agency reported that three Turkish soldiers were reported dead in clashes between Turkish army forces and PKK guerrillas in Besta region of province of Şırnak in northern Kurdistan.

Clashes broke out Monday evening in separate areas of Besta region during the air-supported operation of the Turkish army. The operation in the region is reported to be continuing.

On the other hand, an explosion occurred during the passage of a military convoy on Hakkari-Van way on Tuesday. A military vehicle fell down into a valley and many ambulances were sent to the scene after the explosion.

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. More than 40,000 people have since been killed.

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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