Pro-Kurdish party condemns murder of Russian Ambassador in Turkey

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This picture taken on December 19, 2016 shows Andrey Karlov (2ndR), the Russian ambassador to Ankara, lying on the floor after being shot by a gunman (R) during an attack during a public event in Ankara. (AFP)

ARA News 

Ankara – The pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) on Monday condemned the murder of the Russian ambassador to Turkey. Andrey Karlov’s ambassadorship was abruptly ended when he was gunned down by a police officer that shouted “Aleppo… revenge.”

“We strongly condemn the murder of Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov and we express our deepest sorrow. We extend our condolences to his family and to the people of Russia,” the HDP declared.

“This political murder has also demonstrated that Turkey is unfortunately no longer a secure country due to the recent domestic and international policies,” the pro-Kurdish party stated.

The HDP called for a thorough investigation to identify any accomplices of the perpetrator, Mevlüt Altıntaş. “Those responsible for this political murder, and its instigators and supporters must be promptly determined […] and all must be held accountable before justice,” the HDP said.

Timur Akhmetov, a Russian analyst on the Middle East, told ARA News that the incident “won’t affect Russian-Turkish relations.”

“There is no hostile reaction on an official level so far,” Akhmetov said. “I think that the Kremlin doesn’t want to spoil what it has achieved with Turkey.”

The Turkish embassy in Moscow has offered its condolences to Russia, calling the murder of Ambassador Karlov “an inhumane tragedy.” Turkish officials have also condemned the assassination in Ankara.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the attack on the Russian ambassador as a “provocation” aimed at ruining the country’s burgeoning ties with Russia.

Aldar Xelil, a senior Syrian Kurdish official, blamed Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) for Islamizing Turkish society. Xelil reasoned that Karlov’s assassination “proves that some of Turkey’s security institutions are taken over by [the Islamic State], after Erdogan arrested all secularists and democrats.”

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News 

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