Turkey accused of following “Sri Lanka model”

237320The Turkish Government has been accused of following the “Sri Lanka model” in its fight against the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the southeastern provinces of Turkey.

Deputy Chairman of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Sezgin Tanrıkulu said at a press conference in the Turkish Parliament that with its harsh security policies and curfews, the Turkish Government is applying the “Sri Lanka model” in its fight against the PKK, Todays Zaman.com reported

Speaking to reporters at the conference, Tanrıkulu noted that there have been more than 300 days of curfews in 17 districts of different provinces in the Southeast of Turkey, where people are prevented from leaving their homes even to fulfil their basic needs.

“It is the same policy as Sri Lanka’s in 2006,” he said.

The Sri Lankan military defeated the LTTE in May 2009, following four bloody wars with the LTTE, who had fought to create an independent Tamil state called Tamil Eelam in north and east Sri Lanka. More than 4,000 people, including security forces, LTTE members and civilians, were killed during conflicts in 2006.

Underlining that the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) asked Turkey to submit a defense statement for the ongoing curfews in southeastern towns on Jan. 1, Tanrıkulu said that Turkey will face huge fines from the ECtHR if it fails to explain and lift the curfews.

“As has happened in Turkey, the Sri Lankan government rejected negotiations [with the LTTE] in 2006. The newly elected president [Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka] wiped out all the gains made during the peace process [with the LTTE] and took his country into civil war. All Tamilans were declared enemies like the Kurds in today’s Turkey. The government enforces criminal law, which is supposed to be imposed on our enemies, on [Kurdish] people in Sur, Silopi and Cizre,” Tanrıkulu added.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Kurdistan , has fought many a war Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan in the name of America but to no avail.
    Lanka Sinhala Buddhist only fought its own people with guns given by China India, America etc.

    Who is greater a warrior. Lanka or Kurds?
    The recent visit of deputy defense USA for Lankan peace keepers is only the beginning. You will go the Kurdish way or be bombed.

  2. Lankave ina Meeharak Gooo Bayeee! You are good at hiding under a woman’s skirt or killing your own .
    America is the only power.
    If America has to take revenge it does not need any 3rd world or Russia or China nod/approval America would bomb Lanka like its bombing Syria.
    When America took Diego Garcia on lease from UK its drove the inhabitants to the sea to find themselves a home in Africa or drown.

  3. Well in 2006 there were no curfews in Sri Lanka as suggested by this article/person. People were forced to a small corner in North East Sri Lanka in 2008 not by the government but by LTTE. ‘Sri Lanka model’ works. The only thing Sri Lanka did wrong is pissing off western powers while eradicating terrorism. But probably it was part of the “Sri Lanka Model” as western powers do not wish to eradicate terrorism any where in the world.

  4. Never let other western countries to involve, if you need to copy Sri Lankan model. Now Sri Lanka in big trouble for defeating Tamil Tiger Terrorists; UN, UK and USA do not see any killings by LTTE Terrorists and taking revenge from MR Government for being example to eradicate terrorism.

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