Tur­key makes is­sue of Kur­dish ‘sym­bols’

The Dallas Morning News - - World -

IS­TAN­BUL — Tur­key’s For­eign Min­istry has sum­moned Ger­many’s am­bas­sador in Ankara and ac­cused Ger­many of al­low­ing “ter­ror pro­pa­ganda” by Kur­dish mil­i­tants.

The min­istry said late Satur­day that a fes­ti­val in Cologne used “sym­bols” of the out­lawed Kur­dis­tan Work­ers’ Party or PKK, in­clud­ing pic­tures of the group’s leader, Ab­dul­lah Ocalan, who is im­pris­oned in Tur­key.

The PKK, con­sid­ered a ter­ror­ist group by Tur­key and its Western al­lies, has been wag­ing a three-decade in­sur­gency against the Turk­ish state. Tur­key has re­peat­edly ac­cused Ger­many of har­bor­ing the PKK, and re­la­tions be­tween the coun­tries have soured in the past year.

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