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Turkey urges Denmark to close pro-PKK Roj TV

(Xinhua)

11:16, January 12, 2012

ANKARA, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu Wednesday urged his Danish counterpart via phone to permanently close Roj TV, a Kurdish-language channel in Denmark serving as a mouthpiece of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party ( PKK), Turkish media reported.

A Danish court on Tuesday had given Roj TV and its parent company a fine of 5.2 million Danish kroner (about 450,000 U.S. dollars) for disseminating terrorist propaganda, a move welcomed by the Turkish foreign minister. However, the court was not authorized to shut down the TV under the Danish law, the semi- official Anatolia news agency said.

Turkey wanted Denmark to permanently shut down Roj TV despite the court verdict, Davutoglu said.

Meanwhile, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said Wednesday in a written statement that Ankara expects all European Union (EU) countries "not to permit any media organ to extend support to the activities of the PKK terrorist organization."

Listed as a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the EU, the PKK took up arms in 1984 to create an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey. More than 40,000 people have been killed in conflicts involving the PKK during the past over two decades.

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