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Turkey: Erdoğan criticises ban on Kurdish party

15 décembre 2009

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke out on Monday 14th December against a court ban on Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP), that caused angry protests.  « Our position against the closure of the DTP is clear (…) We are against the closure of parties. We think individuals should be punished, not a (party) identity, » Erdoğan stated. According to Reuters,  Erdoğan  called the Parliament to hold a detail and thorough discussion over the DTP dissolution noting these issues are solvable. “We will overcome these problems as long as our nation is united and in solidarity,” Erdoğan  outlined.

Turkish Constitutional Court decided to dissolve Kurdish Democratic Society Party. The President of Constitutional Court, Hasim Kilic, said that the reason is the DTP’s cooperation with Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK), as well as « a threat to Turkey’s territorial integrity« .  According to Kilic, DTP leader Ahmed Turk and his party fellows lost the right to be engaged in politics. Moreover, the state forfeits the property and other funds of the party.

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