World Bulletin/News Desk
Member of Parliament from Hatay Hasan Akgol, who was among the CHP delegation which met with Bashar al-Assad, said that no passport, ID, or records belonging to missing Palestinian journalist Bashar Fehmi Kadumi were found.
The Akgol-led delegation which included CHP MP from Hatay Mevlut Dudu, CHP MP from Istanbul Safak Pavey and CHP MP from Mersin Aytug Atici, re-entered Turkey through the Yayladagi Border Gate after meeting with Asad.
Akgol told reporters in front of the border gate that the visit had been very positive and fruitful.
Regarding the question of whether the topic of missing journalist Bashar Kadumi came up during the meeting, Akgol provided the following response:
“The topic came up. We had told you the same thing when we recovered [Turkish] journalist Cuneyt. It is presumed that Bashar Kaddumi is probably deceased. Because there is no passport, ID, or record. Therefore, there is no trace of him.
Despite this, the Syrian government has promised that in the event that the slightest trace of Kadumi’s presence is found and his location is detected by another person, they will do their best to return him if he is alive of his body if he is deceased. We are under the belief that Kadumi is probably dead.”
Akgol addressed the question of whether the topic of other detained journalists had come up by stating:
“Yes it did. Our demands pertained to that issue. But they did say this, they expressed that they did not have such a journalist in their hands and that he had not been found.”
Cuneyt Unal, who worked for the US-funded al-Hurra television channel, and his colleague Bashar Fahmi Kadumi, had went missing shortly after crossing into Syria from Turkey on August 20, 2012 to cover the civil war in the war-torn city of Aleppo. Unal was released in November.Last Mod: 08 Mart 2013, 14:53