EU condemns the assassination of three Kurdish women
By Roni Alasor and Lorin Sarkisian
Brussels, 14th January 2013 - Ararat News (ANP) - Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, the French President Francois Hollande, the President of the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament Hannes Swoboda and European United Left Group in the European Parliament (GUE/NGL) condemn the assassination of three Kurdish women activists in Paris.
Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Söylemez have been found dead with gunshot wounds in the premises of the Kurdish Information Bureau in Paris last Wednesday. Kurds believe that the murder is a provocation, organised to derail the recent start of peace talks between the Turkish government and PKK’s leader Abdullah Ocalan.
In the opening of the first session of the European Parliament in 2013, Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament condemned the assassination of the three Kurdish women activists: "The murders of Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Söylemez must be investigated by the French authorities and the perpetrators must be brought to justice."
President Schulz addressed personally Fidan Dogan\`s family who was invited at the opening of the plenary session in Strasbourg: "These murders have moved us all....I understand how difficult is for you and I would like to tell you how much we share your pain"..
Last week, the French President Francois Hollande called the murder of the three Kurdish activists “horrible”. The French Interior Minister Manuel Valls defined it as “execution”. The French government promised to the Kurdish leadership to undertake all the necessary measures to bring the murders to justice.
The President of the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament Hannes Swoboda also strongly condemned the assassination of the three Kurdish activists : "We condemn the cold-blooded murder of these three women and we expect the French police to make a thorough investigation and to bring the killers to justice. We send our sympathy and our sincere condolences to the families of the victims. The Kurdish problem can only be resolved by dialogue – not through violence."
The European United Left Group in the European Parliament (GUE/NGL), as well as many European organisations, the Coordination Council of Armenian Organizations of France (CCAF) and the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy (EAFJD) also strongly condemned the murder of three Kurdish women activists in Paris
Last Saturday, speaking to many tens of thousands of Kurdish protesters in Paris, high level Kurdish politicians from Turkey, Kurdistan and Europe - the President of Kongra-Gel Remzi Kartal, Zubeyir Aydar, Executive Council Member of Union of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK), the co-chairs of Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Selahattin Demirtas and Gultan Kisanak, the Kurdish MPs Leyla Zana, Aysel Tugluk, leader of Party for a Free Life in Iranian part of Kurdistan (PJAK) Abdul Rahman Haji Ahmadi, the President of Kurdish National Congress (KNK) Tahir Kemalizade called to the French Government and to the European Union (EU) to reveal who is behind the attack and to bring the murders to justice.