Thursday, September 27, 2007

Turkish Foreugn Minister reproaches Danish counterpart over ROJ TV

Turkish Foreign Minister reproaches Danish counterpart over Roj TV
The fact that Danish authorities still haven’t withdrawn the broadcasting licence and pulled the plug on a Danish-based television station that Turkey says is a mouthpiece for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is creating problems in bilateral relations between Ankara and Copenhagen, Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan warned during a meeting with his Danish counterpart. The meeting between Babacan and Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller took place on Monday in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Babacan reiterated Turkey’s request for closure of Roj TV, which has been a source of tension between Turkey and Denmark for the last three years.
When Moeller voiced a long-used argument by Danish officials, saying that there has been an ongoing investigation into the issue, Babacan “reproached” the Danish minister and asked why the investigation had taken this long despite the fact that Turkish authorities long ago handed over to the Danish side documents and evidence proving the relationship of the station with the PKK, diplomatic sources told the Anatolia news agency on Tuesday.
(Source: Today’s Zaman)


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