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29 May 2002


for Question Time at the part-session in July 2002

pursuant to Rule 43 of the Rules of Procedure

by Feleknas Uca

to the Council

  Subject: Inclusion of the Kurdish Workers' Party on the European list of terrorist organisations

 Answer in plenary 

Since 2 May 2002, the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) has been regarded throughout the European Union as a terrorist organisation. However, by its own admission, the PKK abandoned its armed struggle against the Turkish army when it declared a cease-fire in 1999.


In April 2002, the PKK was dissolved. In that same month, the Congress for Freedom and Democracy in Kurdistan (KADEK) was founded. By its own admission, KADEK is seeking a solution to the Kurdish question through peaceful, democratic and political means.


What is the Council’s assessment of the fledgling Kurdish organisation KADEK?


In the future, will KADEK also be included in the list of terrorist organisations?


What impact does the list have on civilian organisations in Turkey and in Europe in the light of the announcement that human rights organisations are also to be included in the list of terrorist organisations?



Tabled: 29.05.2002


Original language of question: DE 
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