EU puts Kurdish rebels on terrorist list

The EU has added the Kurdish separatist
Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on its list of terrorist
organisations. The Kurdistan Freedom and Democracy Congress, or
Kadek, that replaced the PKK earlier this month, is not on the
EU list of terrorist groups, according to EU
diplomats.

Adding PKK, that had been fighting for Kurdish autonomy
against Turkey for 15 years, can be seen as an EU gesture
towards Turkey, a candidate for EU membership.

The PKK's successor, Kadek, said it was
ending its armed struggle and would campaign peacefully for
greater rights for Kurds in south-eastern Turkey.

The EU can freeze the assets of groups
designated as terrorist.

 

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