PKK claims responsibility for Baku-Tbilisi gas
By Ekurd.net staff writers
June 1, 2012
Explosion at Baku-Tbilisi pipeline. PKK claims
responsibility for the sabotage.
29 May, 2012
The explosion on the pipeline in
Sarıkamış district of Kars on 29 May, 2012. Photo:
DIYARBAKIR, The Kurdish
region of Turkey, — The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)
claimed responsibility for the explosion on the
pipeline in Sarıkamış district of Kars in the
Kurdish region in southeastern Turkey near the
Armenian border on 29 May, Firat news agency ANF
In a written statement on the action, PKK reported
that the explosion at Tbilisi-Ceyhan natural gas
pipeline occurred as a result of a sabotage action
by Kurdish PKK guerrilla forces.
The explosion on Tuesday evening caused a great
damage and oil flow as well as fires that continued
for a long time after the action.
The pipeline connects the cities of Bako, Tiflis and
The PKK statement also gave information about a
guerrilla action against the road construction yard
near Çatak district of Van.
The statement remarked that the action was carried
out as the constructor company didn’t take any
notice of PKK’s earlier warnings against the
construction in the Kurdish guerrilla controlled
Three building machineries were destroyed by the
rebels in the action, added PKK.
The PKK has several times proposed peaceful solutions regarding Kurdish problem,www.ekurd.net
Turkey has always refused saying that it will not negotiate with “terrorists”.
Since it was established in 1984, the PKK has been
fighting the Turkish state, which still denies the
constitutional existence of Kurds, to establish a
Kurdish state in the south east of the country, sparking a conflict that has claimed some 45,000
But now its aim is the creation an autonomous
and more cultural rights for ethnic Kurds who
constitute the greatest minority in Turkey,
numbering more than 20 million. A large Turkey's
Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.
PKK's demands included releasing PKK detainees,
lifting the ban on education in Kurdish, paving the
way for an autonomous democrat Kurdish system within
Turkey, reducing pressure on the detained PKK leader
Abdullah Öcalan, stopping military action against
the Kurdish party and recomposing the Turkish
Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population
as a distinct minority. It has allowed some cultural
rights such as limited broadcasts in the Kurdish
language and private Kurdish language courses with
the prodding of the European Union, but Kurdish
politicians say the measures fall short of their
The PKK is considered as 'terrorist' organization by
Ankara, U.S., the PKK continues to be on the
blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which
overturned a decision
to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its
political wing on the European Union's terror list.
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