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MEPs demand EU acts to stop Turkey's massacre of Kurds

13 January, 2016 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson and other leftist MEPs have called on the European Union to act to pressure the Turkish government to immediately end its attacks against the Kurdish community in northern Kurdistan (southeast Turkey). Ms Anderson was speaking following a meeting today with a Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) delegation including members of the Turkish parliament Feleknas Uca and Osman Baydemir.

Ms Anderson said: "The HDP representatives outlined the impact of the Turkish government's extreme violence against the Kurdish community. Since it began enforcing military curfews in August, the Turkish security forces have killed hundreds of Kurdish people, including approximately 200 civilians, and displaced thousands more.

"The European institutions have turned a blind eye to extreme human rights abuses by the Turkish government with the cynical aim of ensuring that Turkey will act as a gatekeeper to keep migrants from entering the EU.

 Ms Anderson, a member of the Parliament's Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, continued:

"Today the GUE/NGL group Sinn Féin MEPs are part of expressed solidarity with the HDP representatives and the victims of Turkey's policies. We have requested an urgent resolution on this issue for next week's parliamentary session in Strasbourg. We will also send another fact-finding delegation of MEPs to northern Kurdistan in the near future."

"We need to see an immediate end to attacks on civilians and the reinstatement of an all-party ceasefire. Two years ago, the 10-point Dolmabahçe Agreement between Turkey and Kurds resulted in a two-year period of peace. The roadmap for a peaceful resolution is there, and the EU must bring the maximum pressure to bear on Turkey to return to the negotiating table and bring an end to decades of conflict." END

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