Inspection into Turkey's use of chemical weapons launched

A European delegation has launched an inspection in Kazan Valley in Turkey's southeastern province of Hakkari to review allegations that Turkey used chemical weapons against Kurdish militants.

On Monday, Turkey's Milliyet newspaper reported that the seven member group from Germany, France and Belgium has studied the region where 37 Kurdistan Workers' Party militants were killed in operations launched last month by Turkey, Press TV reports.

The Turkish Human Rights Association and parliamentarians from the Peace and Democracy Party accused the military of using chemical weapons against the militants after finding their bodies.

Feleknas Uca, a former member of the European Parliament, and Jan Van Aken, a German parliamentarian, are among members of the delegation. Also included in the delegation are French and German lawyers Torre Dominulle, Aledeuy Ledrein Aveco, Marie Avpert, Benjamin Hiller and Clementine Frances. The delegation took samples from the areas that were bombed in the valley.

Aken said that after the inspections, the delegation would be able to tell if any chemical weapon had been used in the area or not, according to Press TV.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community, including the United States, Iran, Turkey and European Union member states. More than 40,000 people have lost their lives since the PKK launched its armed campaign against Ankara in 1984.