Turkey calls on France, Spain to extradite 20-plus PKK members
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on France and Spain to extradite more than 20 members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rounded up by police in the European countries, Press TV reported.
"As long as these terrorists aren't handed over to us, the steps taken make no sense to us, because what we want is results," AFP quoted Erdogan as saying in Ankara on Thursday.
The Turkish premier added that there was "an extradition agreement between us, common agreements to fight the organization of terrorists."
On Tuesday, 17 senior PKK figures were reportedly arrested in France within the framework of an anti-terror investigation. The following day, Spanish police said they have arrested six PKK agents on similar charges.
In Germany, federal prosecutors said they have charged a man called Abdullah S. over "getting money for the PKK by collecting donations and contributions, running commercial activities and selling propaganda material."
On Monday, Erdogan criticized the European Union for failing to take proper punitive measures against the group, labeled as terrorists in Europe. Erdogan blamed PKK attacks in Turkey on EU leaders' inaction.
The PKK has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region inside Turkey since the 1980s. Clashes between Turkish forces and PKK members have claimed around 45,000 lives since starting in 1984.