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Matthias Wivel On Turkey's Objections To Anders Fogh Rasmussen As NATO Head
posted April 11, 2009

Just a short notice re: the story of the selection of (now former) Danish prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen as director of NATO. While it is true that one of Turkey's objections to his candidacy was his handling of the cartoon crisis, another issue has been equally important: the fact that the Kurdish television station ROJ TV has been transmitting from Denmark for four years. The Turkish government considers the station a mouthpiece of the militant Kurdish separatist movement PKK, which is on most of the international lists of terrorist organizations. The Danish government has resisted Turkish demands that the station be closed down, but a legal investigation of its alleged connection to PKK is currently underway. Fogh Rasmussen, who is in Turkey at the moment, today expressed hopes that the investigation could be finalized soon.

Tom Spurgeon Responds: I do realize that's the case, and I was much more clear in saying so outright in earlier posts on the subjects. My bad.