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Turks deny using chemicals against Kurds

2011-12-08 18:01

Ankara - The Turkish military denied on Thursday it was using chemical weapons in its fight against the rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and said it did not even possess such arms.

"There have been no chemical weapons or ammunition registered in the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces," said the General Staff, which presides over the armed forces, according to the Anatolia news agency.

"The fight against the separatist terrorist organisation continues in compliance with national and universal rules of law," it added.

The military was responding to claims published in some media at home and abroad that the army was using chemical weapons in its operations against Kurdish rebels.

The pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) also accused the army several times of using such weapons.

The claims are "baseless, biased and aimed at slandering the Turkish armed forces", the General Staff said.

Listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey and much of the international community, the PKK took up arms for Kurdish independence in southeastern Turkey in 1984, sparking a conflict that has claimed some 45 000 lives.

Comments
  • Omer - 2011-12-08 19:28

    No ??? An army like turkish army has not chemical weapons ?????!!! Just that is a liar mister ,they have this weapons and used and they will do it tomorrow. they had the first female pilot , and do you know what she did ? she bombe Kurdish civilians whith chemical bombs !!!!! turks are liars !!!!

      John - 2011-12-30 19:01

      When is turkey going to Apologize and Compensate for the Armenian Genocide? When is Turkey going to get out of Cyprus?

  • Adam - 2011-12-08 19:43

    turkey is more then happy to critisize israel and then it behaves like this? wake the f$%k up people.

      Caaqil Mahadale - 2011-12-08 20:27

      Adam, every country has the legitimate right to defend any aggresion against its people and land, and what happened is only that, so please dont compare between that civilized and democratic nation of turkey and those occupiers, racist and mass killers in TELVIV. dont you know that israil is the racist state on the globe, regardles its claims to be democratic.

      Martin - 2011-12-08 22:10

      "every country has the legitimate right to defend any aggression against its people and land" Exactly Caaqil. This applies to Israel as well.

      John - 2011-12-30 19:01

      When is turkey going to Apologize and Compensate for the Armenian Genocide? When is Turkey going to get out of Cyprus?

  • Jaba - 2011-12-09 08:37

    Terrorist supporting Turkey is no longer an asset to NATO. It uses NATO weapons to murder innocent Kurdish civilians in Iraq - a war crime committed with NATO weapons. When will Turkey apologize for the massacre of Armenians and Cypriots? Mr. Erdogan does not like to be reminded of the massacre of Armenians. He also does not like to be asked about his government's invasion of Cyprus and the expulsion of Greek Cypriots. Their economy is going down, their attempts to join EU are stalled, their military is being purged with trumped up charges, and the Islamist government is showing that it is great at delivering what all the other Islamist governments in the world give: rhetoric. Erdogan is a terrorist!

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