Turkey rejects censure motion over PKK surrenders

The censure motion which stirred heated debates in the Parliament was rejected with 310 votes against 146.

Turkey rejects censure motion over PKK surrenders

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Parliament rejected Thursday a censure motion against Interior Minister Besir Atalay, submitted by the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Anadolu news agency said. 

The main opposition party submitted a censure motion against the interior minister over the accusations that the government told prosecutors to arrange PKK group surrendered from N.Iraq to avoid prosecution in Turkey.

The censure motion which stirred heated debates in the Parliament was rejected with 310 votes against 146.

34 members of PKK from Makhmour refugee camp and Qandil Mountain surrendered to Turkish authorities at Habur border gate within government's Kurdish opening.

The Ministry of Interior was assigned with the coordination of Kurdish opening.

The Interior Ministry had denied the claims in a statement that read: “The Turkish Republic is a state governed by the rule of law. All legal procedures vis-à-vis the returning group were carried out by independent judicial bodies in accordance with their authority. No interference came from our ministry.”

Erdogan's government hopes broadening Kurdish rights will help end the conflict with the outlawed PKK. More than 40,000 people have died since the PKK took up arms against the Turkish state in 1984.
 

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