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Sat Jan 12, 2013, 06:17 PM

Turkey wants France to explain contacts with Kurd leader

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan demanded on Saturday that French President Francois Hollande explain why he had met one of three Kurdish militants shot dead in Paris this week.

Kurdish activists blamed the execution-style killings at an institute in central Paris on Thursday on shadowy elements from the Turkish state or foreign powers. Turkey pointed to possible infighting in the separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Hollande said one of the three dead women, who all had ties to the PKK, "was known to me and to many politicians because she came to meet us regularly".

The PKK is viewed as a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

Read more: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/01/12/uk-turkey-france-kurds-idUKBRE90B08320130112

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