Turkey criticizes European countries over terrorist issues

10:10, June 24, 2010      

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Wednesday criticized some European countries for not giving enough support to Turkey in its fight against terrorism.

Erdogan said there are countries who have not cut financial support to the terrorist organization, who turned a blind eye to its activities and its propaganda, and who did not extradite any criminals to Turkey. He did not name those countries.

The Turkish prime minister made the sharp criticism while hosting leaders from 11 southeastern European countries for the meeting of Heads of State and Government of the Southeast European Cooperation Process (SEECP) in Istanbul.

On Tuesday, five people were killed and 11 others were injured when a remote-control road side bomb was detonated as a bus carrying more than 35 military personnel and their families passed shortly after leaving a military housing complex in Istanbul.

An illegal organization called the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, or TAK, linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, claimed Tuesday's attack.

Erdogan said the terrorist organization PKK harms not only Turkish people but also European countries and European people, especially young people.

"Not just as a terrorist organization but also as a organized crime syndicate, the PKK has been targeting young people of Balkan countries and European countries to poison them through illegal drug trafficking," Erdogan said.

Turkish prime minister's remarks came at a time when terrorist attacks were escalating in the country. In the past four days, 19 people including civilians were killed in various attacks in southeast Turkey and in Istanbul.

Erdogan said "most of our European friends announced PKK as a terrorist organization. That is good, but declaring PKK as terrorist organization does not put an end to the matter".

Speaking to representatives from southeastern European countries, he said some countries did not abide by the agreements of extraditing terrorists they have detained to Turkey.

He proposed a joint platform to deal with terrorism, saying a common stance is not only a requirement for friendship and alliance but also for humanity.

Erdogan said Turkey need a strong support in fighting terrorism to prevent acts of terrorism in other European cities.

Turkish military has begun to deploy more troops along the border with Iraq as PKK threatened to intensify attacks.

Turkey begun its fighting against terrorism 26 years ago. The country has launched several cross border operations to track down PKK terrorists, who took refuge at the mountain camps in northern Iraq, which was used by the terrorist group region as a launch pad for attacking Turkey.

Source: Xinhua


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