France, Turkey sign anti-PKK cooperation deal
France and Turkey have signed a long-awaited deal that aims to increase a joint crackdown on the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK), the Kurdish separatist group that has fought a long war with Ankara.
In Ankara on Friday French Interior Minister Claude Guéant and Turkey’s Idris Naim Sahin signed an agreement for “operational cooperation”, which would mean increased joint work of French and Turkish forces.
France has a large population of Kurds of Turkish origin and has arrested a number of suspected PKK activists.
The PKK is on the European Union’s list of terrorist organisations.
Guéant and Sahin faced a number of questions about Sarkozy’s remarks at the press conference where they announced the deal.