Turkey summons Belgian ambassador over PKK tent issue

Ankara, March 21 :Turkey summoned the Belgian ambassador in Ankara on Sunday to deliver an official protest note over Belgium allowing the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to set up a tent in Brussels, Xinhua cited a report in Daily News.

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also held a phone conversation with his Belgian counterpart Didier Reynders on Sunday, expressing Turkey’s sensitivities over the PKK tent in the city center.

Cavusoglu said allowing a terror organisation to erect a tent in the centre of Europe is unacceptable. He demanded swift removal of the tent and a ban on PKK activities in Belgium.

The PKK is a terror organisation like the Islamic State, Cavusoglu said, adding one should not distinguish between terror organisations.

A tent was set up by PKK supporters near the site of the EU-Turkey Summit in Brussels last Thursday.

The PKK has been waging a separatist war against Turkey since 1984. It is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US and the European Union.

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