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The Honorable Secretary General of UN Kofi Annan

We are writing to urge you to condemn the violent demonstrations held by Kurdish terrorist groups in the South Azerbaijani city of Maku. Left unchecked, these dangerous actions threaten stability in the region.

On February 16, 2006, several Azerbaijani Turks lost their lives in an attack by a terrorist organization, known as the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party), in South Azerbaijan, an area located in the North West of the so-called country of Iran.

PJAK, a related Iranian faction of the PKK, had organized a protest to mark the 7th anniversary of the capture of PKK's founder, Abdullah Ocalan, in the South Azerbaijani city of Maku. Kurds who were brought from Kurdish regions to Maku spouted anti-Turkish slogans and attacked civilians. In this demonstration, Azerbaijani Turks were targeted and several Azeris lost their lives.

According to information received from city of Maku, the majority of the Kurds who participated in these attacks were not locals. They were Kurds from Kurdish cities such as Sanadaj, Soleymaniyeh, and some Kurdish cities of Turkey, who were brought to spread terror in the Azerbaijani region.

These incidents originate from the claims of Kurdish leaders to some parts of South Azerbaijan. The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan's claim to South Azerbaijani cities is evident in the news, maps and reports published by the organization. Furthermore, the PKK conducts terrorism in Azerbaijani cities trying to show their presence in this region. We ask for immediate attention to the unrest created by the alien terrorist groups of PKK and DPIK (Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan).

This is not the first time that Kurdish terrorist groups have committed atrocities in Azerbaijani regions. Atrocities committed by the Kurdish militia were started by Ismail Simitko, who massacred thousands of Azerbaijani Turks in present-day south Azerbaijan from 1920 to 1921. Also in the 1980s, both terrorist organizations of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan and Komoleh have killed and terrorized hundreds of innocent people in Sulduz (Naghadeh). Still Kurdish parties do not respect the territorial rights of the Azerbaijani people and continue to claim parts of this region.

We request that you condemn these acts of terrorism committed by the PKK, and would like to call the attention of the international community to the anti-Turk Kurdish terrorism in this Azerbaijani region.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

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