|End ‘malignant’ war with PKK, Chomsky tells Turkey||
U.S. intellectual and political activist Noam Chomsky has called on Turkey to end its "malignant" war with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
Chomsky made the remarks during a talk at Bosphorus University in the Turkish city of Istanbul on Friday, Reuters reported.
"Turkey must find its place if, of course, it can heal its internal sores, and none is more malignant than the perennial Kurdish issue," Chomsky said.
The PKK has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region since the 1980s. The conflict has left tens of thousands of people dead.
On January 9, reports said that Ankara and the PKK had reached an agreement on a peace roadmap to end nearly three decades of hostility.
"There do appear to be some real prospects with recent negotiations despite criminal efforts to disrupt them," he said, referring to the killings of three female Kurdish activists in Paris last week.
Chomsky also censured Ankara for imprisoning journalists, especially those with Kurdish media outlets.
On January 14, hundreds of women held a demonstration in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir to demand justice for the three activists who were shot dead in the French capital on January 10.
The body of Sakine Cansiz, a founding member of the PKK, was found at the Kurdish Information Center in Paris with multiple bullet wounds to the head. The dead bodies of two other female Kurdish activists, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Soylemez, were also lying beside her.
On January 13, a large number of Kurdish men and women held a demonstration in Diyarbakir to protest against the killings.
A day earlier, thousands of Kurds from across Europe congregated in Paris to seek justice for the fallen PKK activists.
On January 11, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the murder of the Kurdish activists was apparently over an internal PKK feud and thus an inside job.
The Turkish government condemned the killings, which the French Interior Ministry described as “an assassination.”
(Source: Press TV)
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