Czech Republic hits back at Turkey's terror accusation
Czech Republic hits back at Turkeyâs terror accusation2018-03-01
The Czech Republicâs Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a statement strongly rejecting Turkish President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄanâs accusation that the Czech government supported terror.
ErdoÄan harshly rebuked Czechia for releasing former Democratic Union Party (PYD) leader Salih Muslim, after the the Syrian Kurdish politician was detained during a high-level conference in Prague last Sunday. A Prague court order his release on Tuesday.
Turkey is currently fighting armed Kurdish groups in northwest Syria that are attached to the PYD, which Ankara considers the Syrian wing of the Kurdistan Workersâ Party, a group that has been in conflict with Turkish armed forces for dec ades.
Remarkably, the Czech statement, which âstrongly rejects any accusation of supporting international terrorism,â also calls into question whether Turkey had filed any extradition request for Muslim.
According to the statement, the Czech Republic cannot have breached any of its international legal obligations, because the court that met on Tuesday did not conclude extradition proceedings.
âIf Turkey delivers the request for S. MÃ¼slÃ¼m's extradition, the competent Czech authorities will process it in accordance with the said Convention and the law of the Czech Republic,â the statement reads. âIn this context, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic hereby strongly rejects any allegation that today's decision of an independent court might violate the obligations of the Czech Republic in the area of fight against international terrorism.â
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