Appeal to remove the PKK from the EU terrorist list

Appeal by EU parlamentarians Marie-Christine Vergiat (picture) and Anato Gomes to the Member States.

The perspective of achieving a peaceful and democratic solution to the Kurdish issue in Turkey is under serious threat. Violence is escalating and poses severe risks to the stability for Turkey as well as for the Middle East. In Turkey we are more and more facing an outbreak of violence which pushes back the idea of a peace process and weakens the fight against Daesh.

The European Union represented by the High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, but also the European Council, the UN and the USA have already called for peace in Turkey. In this context, it is a fact that the proscription of the PKK is standing in the way of the establishment of peace, dialogue and negotiations. The PKK’s proscription also facilitates the infringements of human rights, allows the curtailing of freedom of thought and freedom of the press.

Kurds are an important part of the political struggles in the Middle East as proven by the Kobani resistance and a peaceful solution to the Kurdish question in Turkey is not possible without negotiations with the PKK, which, we underline, former Prime Minister and current President Erdogan did already accept. Similar to the situation in Northern Ireland a peaceful solution will be reached just with involving all concerned parties.

We, the undersigned parliamentarians, call the Council of the European Union to revise the list and to remove the PKK from the proscribed list of terrorist organisations.

  • VERGIAT Marie-Christine
  • GOMES Ana
  • VALERO Bodil
  • WEIDENHOLZER Josef
  • DEMESMEAKER Michael
  • KELAM Tunne
  • BILBAO BARANDICA Izaskun
  • CASTALDO Fabio Massimo
  • CARTHY Matt
  • ALBIOL GUZMAN Marina
  • AUKEN Margrete
  • BJORK Malin
  • ANDERSON Martina
  • BOYLAN Lynn
  • CHOUNTIS Nikolaos
  • BENIFEI Brando
  • CHRISTOFOROU Lefteris
  • BOVÉ José
  • CHRYSOGONOS Kostas
  • CORRAO Ignazio
  • COUSO PERMUY Javier
  • DE MASI Fabio
  • FERREIRA João
  • DURAND Pascal
  • FARIA Jose Inacio
  • ECK Stefan
  • KAILI Eva
  • LOPEZ BERMEJO Paloma
  • COFFERATI Sergio Gaetano
  • ERNST Cornelia
  • EVI Eleonora
  • MARAGALL Ernest
  • GRASWANDER-HAINZ Karoline
  • LÖSING Sabine
  • FORENZA Eleonora
  • BUCHNER Klaus
  • HÄNDEL Thomas
  • FREUND Eugen
  • GERICKE Arne
  • MAVRIDES Costas
  • GRAPINI Maria
  • DELLI Karima
  • THEOCHAROUS Eleni
  • JAAKONSAARI Liisa
  • HADJIGEORGIOU Takis
  • SEBASTIA Jordi
  • HAUTALA Heidi
  • JADOT Yannick
  • DE JONG Dennis
  • STAES Bart
  • MARINHO E PINTO António
  • JOLY Gro Eva
  • KARI Rina Ronja
  • KELLER Jan
  • MICHELS Martina
  • KONEČNÁ Kateřina
  • KYLLÖNEN Merja
  • LAMBERT Jean
  • LE HYARIC Patrick
  • LOCHBIHLER Barbara
  • LUNACEK Ulrike
  • MALTESE Curzio
  • JUARISTI ABAUNZ Iosu
  • MASTALKA Jiri
  • GONZALEZ PENAS Tania
  • KUNEVA Kostadinka
  • MATIAS Marisa
  • MÉLENCHON Jean-Luc
  • MINEUR Anne-Marie
  • REIMON Michel
  • PAPADIMOULIS Dimitrios
  • NI RIADA Liadh
  • PANZERI Pier Antonio
  • SANT Alfred
  • PEDICINI Piernicola
  • PIRINSKI Georgi
  • VALLINA DE LA NOVAL Angela Rosa
  • REGNER Evelyn
  • PAPADAKIS Demetris
  • SPINELLI Barbara
  • RIVASI Michèle
  • VIEGAS Miguel
  • SAKORAFA Sofia
  • SÁNCHEZ CALDENTEY María Dolores Lola
  • SCOTT CATO Molly
  • URTASUN Ernest
  • SERRÃO SANTOS Ricardo
  • SMITH Alyn
  • PIMENTA LOPES João
  • SKRLEC Davor
  • VAJGL Ivo
  • ZIMMER Gabriele
  • TAYLOR Keith
  • SENRA RODRÍGUEZ Lidia
  • REVAULT d’ALLONNES BONNEFOY Christine
  • TERRICABRAS Josep-Maria
  • TORRES MARTINEZ Estefania
  • URBAN CRESPO Miguel
  • SYLIKIOTIS Neoklis
  • VANA Monika
  • SCHOLZ Helmut
  • ZDANOKA Tatjana

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