Four Turkish soldiers killed in clash with
Kurdish PKK rebels
By Ekurd.net staff writers
June 27, 2012
Turkish soldiers in the Turkey's
Kurdish region. The
PKK demanded Turkey's recognition of the Kurds'
identity in its constitution and of their language
as a native language along with Turkish in the
country's Kurdish areas,
the party also demanded an end to
ethnic discrimination in Turkish laws and
constitution against Kurds, ranting them full
political freedoms. Photo: EPA
DIYARBAKIR, The Kurdish
region of Turkey, — Four Turkish soldiers were
killed Wednesday in a clash with Kurdish rebels
fighting for autonomy in the country's southeast, a
local security source said, AFP reported.
Three soldiers died in an early-morning ambush by
members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)
in Eruh town in Kurdish Siirt province (Northern
Kurdistan), some 90 kilometres (55 miles) from the
Iraqi Kurdistan region border.
In a separate clash, also in Eruh, one soldier was
killed and another wounded in an assault by the
Kurdish rebels, the source added.
Last week eight Turkish soldiers were
killed in an attack on their outpost
near the Iraqi border,www.ekurd.net
and some 30 rebels died in a retaliatory operation
Turkish jets also
hideouts in mountainous northern Iraq.
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
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 and 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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