Germany’s GIZ Denies PKK Support Claims

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Germany’s sustainable development agency, GIZ, has denied reports which suggest it has been funding the banned Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK). Turkish Prime minister Tayyip Erdogan last week accused some foundations of funneling money to the PKK through loans to municipalities run by Turkey’s main opposition Republican Peoples Party (CHP) and the Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP). Later reports suggested the head of state may have been referring to German funds coming into the country from German’s state-owned development bank Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) and GIZ.

GIZ released a statement on Wednesday which stated that all of its “projects are carried out jointly by Turkish ministries and state institutions and in agreement with the Turkish government upon applications by the state institution.”