Turkish PM Erdogan questions PKK attack claim

Erdogan said PKK claimed the responsibility of this terrorist attack, but it could be a different strategy or tactic.

Turkish PM Erdogan questions PKK attack claim

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday Turkish security teams would reveal planners, killers, and those who aided and abetted the terrorist attack that took place in Resadiye town in central Tokat province.

On his arrival in Turkey, Erdogan held a press conference at Esenboga Airport in Ankara and has extended his condolosonces to the families of mine workers who died after a methane explosion in Bursa.

Erdogan said terrorist organization PKK claimed the responsibility of this terrorist attack, but it could be a different strategy or tactic. Erdogan said they knew that terrorist organization PKK also had joint plans with other terrorist organizations there.

Such attacks aimed to undermine the government's national unity project and hinder democratic initiative, he said.

PKK militants on Thursday claimed responsibility for the killing of seven Turkish soldiers in an ambush in northern Turkey this week.

A group of PKK guerrillas carried out the attack in the province of Tokat "on their own initiative", the Firat news agency said, quoting a PKK statement.

The government's planned pro-Kurdish reforms include the creation of an independent body to investigate cases of torture by security forces in the southeast as well as further loosen restrictions on the Kurdish language.

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.

"Closure case"

Turkey's top court on Friday closed the country's main pro-Kurdish party for having links to illegal PKK organisation.

The Constitutional Court voted unanimously to ban the Democratic Society Party (DTP) after it found the party guilty of cooperating with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) separatist guerrilla group.

"The DTP's closure was decided due to its connections with the terror organisation and because it became a focal point of the activities against the country's integrity," Constitutional Court Chairman Hasim Kilic said as he announced the verdict.

The ruling imposes a five-year ban from politics on 37 members of the DTP, the only Kurdish party in parliament.

The indictment filed by the Turkey's Chief Prosecutor Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya, who tried unsuccessfully to close down Erdogan's party in 2008, on the 16th of November 2007, asks for a ban on 8 MPs and 219 DTP members from politics.

The 3 rapporteurs called for the closure of the Party as well. 7 of the 11 members of the court have to vote in favor in order to shut down a political party.

Analysts fear the ban on DTP would strengthen the hand of the militant PKK by undermining confidence in the democratic process and the government's current reform initiative.

The DTP denies it has links to the PKK -- regarded as a terrorist group by Brussels, Washington and Ankara. However, the party has resisted calls to condemn PKK violence.


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