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 PKK claims responsibility for Baku-Tbilisi gas pipeline sabotage

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PKK claims responsibility for Baku-Tbilisi gas pipeline sabotage  1.6.2012  
By staff writers

Explosion at Baku-Tbilisi pipeline. PKK claims responsibility for the sabotage. 29 May, 2012 Photo:

The explosion on the pipeline in Sarıkamış district of Kars on 29 May, 2012. Photo:
June 1, 2012

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 reported.

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 Arzarom.

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 Besta region.

Three building machineries were destroyed by the rebels in the action, added PKK.

The PKK has several times proposed peaceful solutions regarding Kurdish problem, 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 lives.

But now its aim is the creation an autonomous Kurdish region 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 constitution.

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 expectations.

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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