Turkey investigates Kurdish autonomy declaration

July 15, 2011 12:35

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey - Turkish prosecutors have launched an investigation into a declaration of "democratic autonomy" by an umbrella group for Kurdish non-governmental groups, the prosecutor's office said on Friday.

The declaration could fuel tensions in Turkey after an upsurge in Kurdish militant activity and a boycott of parliament by Kurdish deputies.

The Democratic Society Congress (DTK) announcement coincided with a clash which killed 13 Turkish soldiers and seven Kurdish armed rebels in the mainly Kurdish southeastern province of Diyarbakir on Thursday.

Diyarbakir prosecutors were scrutinizing the declaration at the DTK meeting, attended by 850 delegates in the city, and could open a court case against leading members of the congress.

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