France calls on Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party to distance itself from PKK

The French Foreign Ministry has called on Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) to distance itself from outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) violence in order to play a role in addressing the country’s Kurdish issue, Turkish news portal has reported.

French Foreign Ministry Building Paris, France

French Foreign Ministry Building Paris, France

The ministry reportedly made the statement in response to a parliamentary question filed by French parliamentarian Eric Raoult from the ruling Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party abut France’s stance with regards to Turkey’s Kurdish question. The response statement said the elected representatives of the Kurdish population should distance themselves from the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by the European Union, while at the same time participate in political dialogue in Turkish Parliament. The statement added that if they want to be respected as interlocutors in efforts for a sustainable and peaceful solution to the Kurdish issue.

The statement also praised the democratic initiative launched by the Turkish government in 2009 to address the Kurdish issue and said France is carefully following the implementation of that policy. Ankara has long been accusing some European countries, including France, of turning a blind eye to the PKK’s fundraising and propaganda activities.





05 October 2011, Wednesday / TODAYSZAMAN.COM,