Anger in Turkey over UN report on Kurdish areas

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The UN report in Ankara in which the Organization accuses Turkey of "serious violations" in the Kurdish areas after the end of the ceasefire in the summer of 2015 caused outrage in Ankara.

"The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has released (…) a 'report', for the most part biased, based on false information," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "We do not accept the position given in this report on baseless allegations mixed with the propaganda of a terrorist organization," Ankara added.

In its first report on the issue, the UNHCR referred to "allegations of mass destruction, murder and many other serious human rights violations committed from July 2015 to December 2016 in southeastern Turkey, during government business ".

It is noted, however, that High Commissioner Zaid Raad Al Hussein did not manage to visit the area. The Turkish Foreign Ministry assures that it has invited him to the country several times. "If he had come, he would have seen with his own eyes that the allegations in the report do not reflect reality," the statement said.

Following the collapse of the fragile ceasefire in the summer of 2015, there have been frequent clashes between security forces and rebels of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), an organization that has been described as "terrorist" by Ankara, the EU and the US.