BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Friday, 16 November 2007, 11:01 GMT
Legal action to ban Kurdish party
Turkish police monitor a protest by DTP supporters in south-eastern Turkey earlier this month
The DTP was founded in 2005 and denies any links to the PKK
Turkish prosecutors have reportedly moved to ban a pro-Kurdish political party in Turkey that has been accused of colluding with Kurdish rebels.

Supreme Court prosecutors asked the Constitutional Court to bar the Democratic Society Party (DTP), the state-run Anatolian news agency said.

They allege the DTP is linked to the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

The legal action comes amid tensions with Iraq over Turkey's threat to make cross-border attacks on PKK bases.

The DTP, which is represented in parliament, has called on Ankara to grant autonomy to Turkey's mainly Kurdish south-east.

'Step backwards'

Founded in 2005, the DTP denies any links to the PKK, which is designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the US and the EU.

DTP deputy Sirri Sakik said the legal action was a step backwards for Turkey in terms of democracy.

"Turkey is becoming a cemetery of banned political parties," he told the AFP news agency.

The PKK has waged a violent campaign for Kurdish autonomy since 1984, resulting in more than 30,000 deaths.

Turkey has recently massed about 100,000 troops on the Iraqi border after its parliament approved calls for a military incursion to deal with the insurgents.

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific