THE LIMITED DEFINITION OF TERRORISM UNDER TURKISH LAW AN IMPEDIMENT TO EFFECTIVE ACTION AGAINST GLOBAL TERRORIST NETWORKS

12:12, 31 May, 2013

YEREVAN, MAY 31, ARMENPRESS: The State Department's annual terrorism
report, released yesterday, takes on Turkey, citing a Turkish law
that it describes as an "impediment" to effective action against
global terrorist networks, reports Armenpress referring to Armenian
National Committee.

"The limited definition of terrorism under Turkish law, restricted to
activities targeting the Turkish state and its citizens, represented
an impediment to effective action by Turkey against global terrorist
networks. For example, although Turkish police temporarily detained
several alQa'ida (AQ)-affiliated operatives attempting to transit
through Turkey illegally in 2012, Turkish authorities chose to deport
these individuals to their countries of origin quickly rather than
pursue domestic legal action against them, at least in part because
of the lack of appropriate legal tools," reads the "Country reports
on Terrorism 2012".

In part of Armenia, it says: "The United States, Georgia, and Armenia
participated in cross-border exercises that successfully demonstrated
the Governments of Georgia and Armenia's internal, bilateral, and
international notification and response procedures in the detection
and interdiction of illicit trans-border movements of weapons of mass
destruction materials"

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