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Kansas Bear
03 Apr 08,, 14:47
A ruling to blacklist Kurdish rebel group the PKK as a terrorist organisation and freeze its assets has been overturned by an EU court.

The European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg said the 2002 decision was illegal under EU law.

The court said the EU had failed to tell the PKK in advance of the decision, as it was required to do.

The PKK, or Kurdistan Workers' Party, has been fighting Turkish troops in its campaign for greater autonomy.

Turkey has recently launched a series of cross-border attacks on Kurdish rebels who it says have used bases in northern Iraq to launch raids into Turkey.

'Procedural grounds'

A court spokesman said the ruling had been made "on procedural grounds" because the council of the EU had "failed to give the PKK an adequate statement of reason as to why they are on the list, which they are required to do".

A number of groups are listed by the EU as terrorist organisations, including the Basque separatists, Eta, the Tamil Tigers and Hamas.

Similar technical rulings have been made regarding other groups whose funds had been frozen: the People's Mujahedin of Iran, a Philippines' Communist Party official and Dutch group Stichting Al Aqsa.

The spokesman added that in the case of the People's Mujahedin, the council of the EU had responded to the ruling by keeping the group on its list but giving the group its reasoning for doing so.

That decision is currently being considered by the court.

BBC NEWS | Europe | EU court annuls PKK terror ruling (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7328238.stm)

Ucar
03 Apr 08,, 15:30
I am unable to comprehend how a political body can communicate directly to an organization that will be listed as "terrorist" after the communication is compeleted. If an organization will be listed as "terrorist" what logic is there in communicating with it beforehand ?

Are there any links or information on how the EU communicated with ETA before it was listed as a terrorist organization ? Doesn't communicating with an organization prior to listing it as a terrorist organization mean de facto recognition of the terrorist organization in question ?

Kansas Bear
03 Apr 08,, 20:02
Captain,

I didn't find any other links. I stumbled upon this while reading the bbc. Sorry.:frown:

Ucar
04 Apr 08,, 07:48
It instantly made news here in Turkey as well. The questions I am asking are not directed to you in person, but at this issue in general.

Adux
04 Apr 08,, 08:15
I am unable to comprehend how a political body can communicate directly to an organization that will be listed as "terrorist" after the communication is compeleted.

Sir,

Press release maybe, I am sure there are political members of organization prior to be called terrorist trying to lobby for support. They are also a channel for communications; Secret communication and negotiation between Israel and hamas are known.



If an organization will be listed as "terrorist" what logic is there in communicating with it beforehand ?

LTTE was not a terrorist organization until India recognized it as such.


Doesn't communicating with an organization prior to listing it as a terrorist organization mean de facto recognition of the terrorist organization in question ?

Since they are not negotiating anything, I think communication merely implies the accpetance of their existence not their legitmacy.