Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept.27 / Trend, R. Hafizoglu /
It is early to make conclusion that a threat of terrorism has been eliminated and terror is defeated, Anadolu agency quotes Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying on Thursday.
Erdogan said Turkey is ready to stop military operations if militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) lay down their arms.
Previously, it was also reported that the Turkish government has appealed to the parliament to extend the mandate for cross-border operations against the groups of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
The period of the previous mandate expires on October 17. The new mandate is expected to be granted for one year. The mandate for cross-border operations covers the territory of northern Iraq.
The Turkish parliament for the first time entitled the army to strike at PKK terrorist bases in the neighboring country in 2007. The tension connected with frequent attacks of PKK militants strengthened in Turkey.
The conflict between Turkey and the PKK has lasted for over 25 years. The PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by both the UN and the EU.