POLITICS > Ankara must try to solve killings, not just close the case: BDP

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Turkey’s government should make an official attempt to solve the killings of three Kurdish women in Paris instead of trying to close the matter by chalking it up to an internal feud among militants, Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has said.

“It is obvious that [the incident] is a wild massacre. The killings cannot be thought of independently from the recent [peace] progress … in Turkey," Demirtaş said at Atatürk Airport before flying to France. "The statements made by the government were highly frivolous. Solving this incident is not a must and responsibility just for us, but also for the government."

Demirtaş criticized government officials for immediately suggesting the killings of Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan and Leyla Söylemez were part of an internal feud within the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) when Turkish circles were also under suspicion. Instead, the BDP co-head said Ankara should put pressure on Paris to solve the murders. "This is what we expect from the government."

Demirtaş and his co-leader, Gültan Kışanak, traveled to Paris to speak with French authorities about the issue and attend funeral ceremonies for the victims.

The three, including Cansız, one of the PKK’s founders, were found dead with gunshot wounds on Jan. 10 in central Paris, raising questions about the perpetrators just as Turkey and the PKK’s jailed leader, Abdullah Öcalan, have launched fresh talks to settle the Kurdish issue.


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Ali Karp

1/11/2013 10:07:35 PM

Mr. Demirtas, you are heading to Paris. While there maybe you can solve the mystery. After all you would be closer to the crime scene than the Turkish police. Also your French buddies can help, too, you know.

mesude salihli

1/11/2013 6:58:48 PM

Killing occurred in Paris. How can Authorities in Ankara solve the murders? BDP should send a group of representatives to Paris to get facts about the case and pressure French police. But, I bet they cannot go there because the militant Kurds in France my not welcome them. This could reveal a possible motivation in the murders. French police should, at least, come up with an ATM camera picture. I hope they can choose somebody better than inspector Clouseau to solve the case.

Optimist 23

1/11/2013 6:27:51 PM

Different standards, when eight Turkish people were killed in Germany by a right wing group, the Turkish government hat a full review in Berlin. In Paris it is just an internal feud, between whom?

Jay Yildirim

1/11/2013 5:19:37 PM

Ankara must try to solve killings, not just close the case: BDP Selahattin Demirtaş - WHY?

Falk Bernard

1/11/2013 3:45:05 PM

Kurds are probably the perpertrators. The women knew the killer(s) because they opened the door for him/them.


1/11/2013 3:22:19 PM

Why when the PKK is said to be a terrorist organisation by the EU and US are able to work and run freely & openly EU states? waggering war & propoganda against Turkey, should the turkish government investigate this, this is a french authorities issue and is down to them, these terrorist were wanted for killing thousands of turkish soilders and for the suffering of their families. You should be looking at the countries that have been protecting and backing you for decaded. Now you see the truth.

Blue Dotterel

1/11/2013 12:53:35 PM

Perpetrators are probably those that see the talks in Turkey as likely to succeed in some way, so wish to derail them. There are a range of suspects: Turkish, Kurdish, and even possibly international. One needs to look at those political and economic interests who benefit most from the status quo.
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