facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Ankara at odds with U.N. over Kurds

Nov. 25, 2009 at 6:30 PM   |   Comments

ANKARA, Turkey, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Ankara will not abide by international law when considering the return of Kurds from refugee camps in northern Iran, interior officials said.

Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay said Kurds in the Makhmour refugee camp need approval from the Iraqi government before making plans to return to Turkey.

Ankara laid out plans to start accepting Kurdish refugees into Turkey in groups of 300 to 400, "however, we will not grant special additional rights to them," Atalay said.

The United Nations established the camp in 1998 in response to violence in southern Turkey. Ankara disagrees over the refugee status requested for the Kurds, Turkey's English-language daily Today's Zaman reports.

Ankara is embarking on a plan to find a political solution to lingering issues with the Kurdish minority. Its plans involve cultural considerations for Kurds and modest amnesty offers for rebels with the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.

Intelligence officials from Turkey spoke recently with Massoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq, to urge PKK members to surrender.

Among the high-ranking members expected to turn themselves over are Osman Abdullah, the brother of imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, and as many as 100 other Kurdish separatists.

Topics: Besir Atalay
© 2009 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
California officer allegedly stole nude photos during arrest California officer allegedly stole nude photos during arrest
2
[UPDATE] Two Calif. deputies killed, two others shot [UPDATE] Two Calif. deputies killed, two others shot
3
Lauren Hill's cancer won't stop teen from playing basketball Lauren Hill's cancer won't stop teen from playing basketball
4
Picasso Museum to reopen after five years Picasso Museum to reopen after five years
5
Canada reflects on a week of domestic terror Canada reflects on a week of domestic terror
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback