Turkey's Kurdish party faces inspection amid autonomy debate

Turkish Prosecutor will inspect a possible link between Democratic Society Congress and Kurdish party amid autonomy debate.

Turkey's Kurdish party faces inspection amid autonomy debate

World Bulletin / News Desk

Supreme Court of Appeals Prosecutor's Office will inspect a possible connection between Democratic Society Congress and any political party, referring to Kurdish party in parliament.

According to the newspapers, during the workshop in Diyarbakir at weekend, Democratic Society Congress made a call to launch a debate over autonomy for Turkey's Kurds as well as use of Kurdish in public places and in education at schools as a second language.

The office stated on Tuesday that the court --under the articles 78, 80, 81, 82 and 98 of Political Parties Law-- initiated an inspection whether there was an organic tie between Democratic Society Congress and any political party.

The office noted that press organs wrote that a draft "autonomy model" was opened to debate during the Democratic Autonomy Workshop of Democratic Society Congress held in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir.

Meanwhile, Turkish Parliament Speaker Mehmet Sahin met pro-Kurdish Peace & Democracy Party (BDP) chairman Selahattin Demirtas who also attended the congress.

The newspapers wrote that Ali Sahin reacted harshly to the demands voiced in the workshop which suggested the foundation of "a democratic autonomous Kurdistan with a separate flag, own defense forces and economy".

Sahin warned that actions that would lead to tension should be avoided and wanted them not to address to people from the Parliament in a language apart from Turkish.

Demirtas reportedly responded affirmatively to the call of Sahin.

Commenting on the autonomy draft model prepared by Democratic Society Congress, Sahin said that there was a single organ that made the decisions concerning Turkey and that was the Turkish parliament, adding that they did not recognize any other congress or assembly.

Following the tension over the "demand for autonomy with two flags" voiced in the weekend, President Abdullah Gul decided to go to Diyarbakir.

Gul who is closely monitoring the developments, asked his staff to prepare a trip to Diyarbakir. The trip is scheduled to take place on December 30 and 31. President Gul will visit the Governor's Office and the Municipality in Diyarbakir.

Gul who will also get together with Civil organizations during his visit, is expected to give messages of unity and solidarity.


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