Turkey's Premier minister questions EU's sincerity in fight against PKK
Turkey's Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan Thursday invited some European countries, that were extending apparent or secret support to PKK, to have common sense and be sincere, reported Worldbulletin.
"Including PKK in the list of terrorist networks does not solve the problem," Erdogan said during the opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum's "Europe and Central Asia" meeting in the Turkish city of Istanbul.
Erdogan said that those who could not prevent the terrorist organizations from finding financial support, staging acts freely, gathering support, and making propaganda in their territories, should know that the terror problem would also harm their systems and orders.
"Particularly those who are remaining unbiased and inefficient against terrorism--which Turkey is fighting against for tens of years-- and who even support it, have to see that this terrorism has started to affect and harm themselves," Erdogan said.
Erdogan also said that terrorism threatened all world because it caused not only armed attacks, but also terrorist organizations were involved in other crimes including illicit drug and human trafficking and money laundering.
"The days to apply double standards, and aid and abet the terrorist groups should end," he said.
Erdogan also said that if countries fail to stage a sincere and effective joint fight against terrorism, terrorism would start affecting every country.
Also, Erdogan said that the world needed constructive and lasting peace, not cold war or clashes.
Erdogan said that all countries should refrain from policies and statements that would trigger racism, prejudice and xenophobia and underlined importance of an international fight against them.
In his speech, Premier Erdogan once more reaffirmed obligation of a joint fight and cooperation against PKK.