Turkey: Denmark urged to pull plug on Kurdish channel

New York, 25 Sept. (AKI) - Turkey has called on Danish authorities to shut down a Kurdish language television channel operating from Denmark and which Ankara accuses of broadcasting separatist propaganda to Turkey's mostly Kurdish populated southeastern Anatolia region.

The request was made by Turkish foreign minister Ali Babacan in his meeting with his Danish counterpart Per Stig Moller in New York, on the sidelines of a UN summit on Monday.

The satellite TV channel in question, Roj TV, has been broadcasting from Denmark for several years.

In the meeting, Babacan stated that Turkey submitted proof of Roj TV’s separatist line, as requested by authorities in Copenhagen.

“We have provided this evidence long ago and we now want you to take action” Babacan said.

Moller said that an investigation was still underway and asked Turkey to be more patient.

Babacan’s statements came on the same day when the chief of the Turkish Army, General İlker Basbug warned against what he said was the rise of ethnic nationalism in Turkey.

"We will not let the formation of artificial distinctions and the introduction of these topics lead the country to polarisation” Basbug said in a speech in the Army war college

He also criticised the United States for what he said was not acting against separatist Kurdish militants operating against Turkey from northern Iraq.


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