viernes, 11 de enero de 2013

Paris murders apparently internal PKK feud: Turkish PM

File photo shows floral tributes to Sakine Cansiz, a founding member of the PKK, murdered in Paris, along with two other Kurdish activists.

Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:46AM GMT

Turkey says the killings of three Kurdish activists, including a co-founder of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), in the French capital were apparently over an internal PKK feud.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that the evidence gathered so far indicated that the murder had been an inside job.

Erdogan added that the building where the dead bodies were found had been secured by a coded lock, which could only be unlocked by insiders.
“Those three people opened it. No doubt they wouldn’t open it to people they didn’t know,” Erdogan said, while on board the plane back from a visit to Senegal.

However, he said that investigations into the case should be completed before a definitive conclusion.

On Thursday, the bodies of Sakine Cansiz, a founding member of the PKK, and two other female Kurd activists were found with gunshot wounds in the head at Kurdish Information Center in Paris.

On the same day, the Turkish government condemned the killings, which the French Interior Ministry described as “an assassination.”

A group of demonstrators also gathered in front of the Kurdish institute in Paris to express outrage at the incident.

The Turkish premier further said that the killings could have been intended to block Turkey’s efforts to hold peace talks with the PKK.

Reports said on January 9 that Ankara and the PKK had reached an agreement on a peace roadmap to end nearly three decades of hostility.

The PKK has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region inside Turkey since the 1980s.


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