Turkey's CHP accuses govt of 'legalizing PKK' after surrenders

Turkey released all PKK members who surrendered to security forces earlier Monday.

Turkey's CHP accuses govt of 'legalizing PKK' after surrenders

Turkey's CHP accused the government of legalizing PKK after surrenders.

Chairman of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Deniz Baykal, said Thursday the PKK was "no longer regarded as a criminal organization."

Turkey released all PKK members who surrendered to security forces earlier Monday.

The surrenders comes as a result of Turkish government's efforts to launch a "democratic initiative" which is expected to be unveiled soon.

In a press conference held at the CHP HQ in Ankara, Baykal said that, after looking at the way the members of terrorist organization PKK surrendered, PKK could "no longer be regarded as a criminal establishment."

What we see is that membership to the PKK is not a crime any more. PKK has been "legally acquitted with this operation", Baykal said.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul also said the images during the surrender of PKK members were "provocative".

I advise everyone to refrain from acts that are careless at a time when great steps are being taken, Gul said.

From a political perspective, the image seen during the surrender of PKK terrorists to Turkish authorities has made the terrorists "heroes". With this recent development, terrorists have become heroes, Baykal said.

The incident is not merely about turning terrorists into heroes. It is one that necessitates questioning Turkey's 25 years of struggle against terrorism, Baykal also said.

DTP was accused of turning the surrender of 34 members of PKK (who were released after their interrogation in Habur) into a show off.

Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay said Tuesday we will hear more good news in the upcoming days.

Atalay said that the Turkish government expected around 150 terrorists to surrender to Turkish security forces in small groups in the initial stages.

Pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) Istanbul branch announced that they started preparations to meet a group of PKK members coming from Europe. A statement released by the party said, "We will meet PKK members from Europe with the same glory."

Agencies

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