Over 100 MEPs call upon EU to remove PKK from the terrorist list
More than a hundred members of the European Parliament have launched a signature campaign for the removal of PKK (Kurdistan Worker's Party) from the EU list of terrorist organizations.
More than a hundred members of the European Parliament have launched a signature campaign for the removal of PKK (Kurdistan Worker's Party) from the EU list of terrorist organizations. Two parliamentarians who have started the campaign will attend a press conference at Shuman Square today.
The MEPs stressed that the perspective of achieving a peaceful and democratic solution to the Kurdish issue in Turkey is under serious threat as violence is escalating and poses severe risks to the stability for Turkey as well as for the Middle East. "In Turkey we are more and more facing an outbreak of violence which pushes back the idea of a peace process and weakens the fight against Daesh".
The appeal underlined that; "The European Union represented by the High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, but also the European Council, the UN and the USA have already called for peace in Turkey. In this context, it is a fact that the proscription of the PKK is standing in the way of the establishment of peace, dialogue and negotiations. The PKK’s proscription also facilitates the infringements of human rights, allows the curtailing of freedom of thought and freedom of the press."
Kurds are an important part of the political struggles in the Middle East as proven by the Kobani resistance and a peaceful solution to the Kurdish question in Turkey is not possible without negotiations with the PKK, which, we underline, former Prime Minister and current President Erdogan did already accept. Similar to the situation in Northern Ireland a peaceful solution will be reached just with involving all concerned parties."
The undersigned parliamentarians called upon the Council of the European Union to revise the list and to remove the PKK from the proscribed list of terrorist organisations.
Signatories joining the campaign are;
BILBAO BARANDICA Izaskun
CASTALDO Fabio Massimo
ALBIOL GUZMAN Marina
COUSO PERMUY Javier
DE MASI Fabio
FARIA Jose Inacio
LOPEZ BERMEJO Paloma
COFFERATI Sergio Gaetano
DE JONG Dennis
MARINHO E PINTO António
JOLY Gro Eva
KARI Rina Ronja
LE HYARIC Patrick
JUARISTI ABAUNZ Iosu
GONZALEZ PENAS Tania
NI RIADA Liadh
PANZERI Pier Antonio
VALLINA DE LA NOVAL Angela Rosa
SÁNCHEZ CALDENTEY María Dolores Lola
SCOTT CATO Molly
SERRÃO SANTOS Ricardo
SENRA RODRÍGUEZ Lidia
REVAULT d'ALLONNES BONNEFOY Christine
TORRES MARTINEZ Estefania
URBAN CRESPO Miguel