Turkey's Roboski Kurdish Massacre
Questions Still Unanswered
Turkish Ministry of Defense
report passes over the questions directed by the
parliamentary committee. The chain of command and
the specifics of the operation that left 34 Kurdish
villagers dead, is still blurred.
Kurds carry the coffins of victims of a Turkish air
raid, outside Uludere Hospital in Uludere, Sirnak
province, on December 30, 2011. Thousands of irate
Kurds buried 35 civilians killed in a Turkish air
raid. Photo: Getty
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April 7, 2012
ANKARA, Ministry of Defense has
submitted a report to the parliamentary committee on
the massacre of 34 Kurdish villagers in Şırnak,
Uludere in the Kurdish region in southeastern Turkey
by the Turkish air forces.
Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) MP Ertuğrul Kürkçü
told bianet that the committee members are
unanimously unsatisfied with the scope of the
report, signed by the Minister of Defense, İsmet
"None of our questions are answered. The reason put
forward at the report is the decree of
confidentiality on the case by the Diyarbakir public
prosecutor's office and Uludere court. They claim
that they can't send the documents we asked for,
because of this decree."
Despite lack of sufficient answers to their
questions, Kürkçü said the report contains
unrelated, long explanations to the event.
"There're notes about the PKK's attacks which
resulted in big losses since 2007. On the other
important questions are passed over lightly. They
claim that the intelligence they had before the
operation were provided through 'intelligence
sources of the state and national sources'.
"The report says that given the intelligence at hand
about the massacred villagers, they were deemed to
be 'members of the terrorist organization' and an
operation was executed at night time.
Kürkçü said that their meetings with local military
officers were much more fruitful in understanding
what had happened.
Chair of the parliamentary committee and ruling
Justice and Development Party (AKP) MP İhsan Şener
also noted that he found the report
Furthermore, chair of the Parliamentary Committee on
Human Rights, Ayhan Sefer Üstün announced that their
work on the massacre is continuing and they expect
to finalize a report by the end of this month.
He noted that the confidentiality decree on the case
is lengthening the procedures, as all requested
documents are subjected to the public prosecutor's
Ayca Soylemez, BIA
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