Crackdown on the Kurdistan Workers’ Party
“Turkey’s long-simmering conflict with Kurdish separatists has flared up again with the resumption of bombings and reprisals, but the European Union recommitted itself to reducing outside support for the Kurdish radicals.
The EU, like the United States, has long labeled the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, a terrorist organization. Separatists espousing Marxist-Leninist principles founded the PKK in the 1970s. They have demanded autonomy for Turkey’s estimated 12 million Kurds, an Iranian-speaking people who also live across the Turkish border in Iraq, Syria and Iran. The group also operates under the aliases Kurdish Freedom and Democracy Congress (KADEK) and Kongra-Gel (KGK).
The year 2010 marked a watershed in which the PKK, the topic of years of Turkish-EU diplomacy, lost a large piece of its European support network...”
Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Crackdown on the Kurdistan Workers’ Party,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 1, No. 4, 2010: 56-57.
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