Azerbaijan Parliament Returns Law Draft on Azerbaijan’s Recognizing PKK as a Terrorist Organization
Azerbaijan, Baku, 22 February /corr. Trend I.Alizade / The Parliament of Azerbaijan returned the law draft envisaging Azerbaijan's recognizing Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) as a terrorist organization. "There are neither legal nor political grounds to adopt a special Law on Azerbaijan's recognizing Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) as a terrorist organization," said the Chairman of Azerbaijan Parliament's Permanent Commission for Legal Policy and State Establishment, Ali Huseynov, at the meeting of the Parliament on 22 February.
MPs' group of Musavat, which represents opposition in the Parliament, devised a law draft envisaging Azerbaijan's recognizing Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) as a terrorist organization. The law draft envisages that the persons, who are the member of PKK, finance or propagate them and in general have any relations with them, should be instituted to the responsibility according to the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan.
The Chairman of the Commission said that Azerbaijan joined Convention on International Terrorism. Therefore, there is not a necessity to adopt a special law on PKK.
The Deputy Executive Secretary of ruling New Azerbaijan Party, Siyavush Novruzov, said that the MPs and parties representing opposition use the issue of PKK to gain political dividends. He considers that it does not need to adopt a law on PKK. "The Parliament of Turkey also has not adopted a law recognizing PKK as a terrorist organization," Novruzov said.
The Deputy Chairman of pro-governmental Ana Veten Party, Zahid Oruj, also supported this position.
Established at the beginning of 1980 in Turkey, PKK chose not political, but armed way of fight. More than 30.000 people died as a result of terrorist acts committed by the PKK in Turkey. Many countries and several international organizations recognized PKK as a terrorist organization.