Davutoglu says Europe has no better security partner than Turkey

Turkish prime minister notifies his European counterparts that West has no other trustworthy partner than Ankara for ensuring regional security following recent Brussels attacks in de facto capital of European Union

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Turkish Prime Minister and the leader of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Ahmet Davutoglu delivers a speech during his party's provincial chairmen meeting in Ankara on March 23, 2016.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Europe has no other partner than Turkey to provide security for the region, reiterating demand for a safe zone in Syria, a day after multiple bombs hit Brussels, killing more than 30 people.

Two terror attacks hit the Zaventem Airport and another targeted the Maelbeek metro station on Tuesday in Belgian capital Brussels, killing at least 34 people and wounding 200.

The attacks have been claimed by the DAESH terrorist organisation.

“Europe has no other partner than Turkey in order to guarantee regional security. [Europeans] should recognise this fact and behave accordingly,” Davutoglu told members of his governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in Ankara on Wednesday.

“Everybody must take proper lessons from these painful incidents," Turkish PM particularly warned.  

"Those who make short-term calculations on their respective interests distinguishing terrorists as ‘my own terrorist or your own terrorist’ should see and begin to see that they will pay heavy prices in the mid-term and long-term.” 

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also condemned the Brussels attacks on Tuesday drawing attention to the fact that there is no difference between terror organisations, whether they were PKK terrorists targeting Ankara or the attackers in the Belgian capital.

“A short time after the PKK attack in Ankara and DAESH attack in Istanbul which have claimed the lives of dozens of people, terrorists have now targeted Brussels demonstrating that they do not recognise any human or ethical values and limits,” Erdogan pointed out.

"Europe's security starts from Turkey, and for Turkey's security, a safe zone in northern Syria is a must," Davutoglu underlined during his speech.

“Behind the heinous attacks in Europe or Turkey, lies the West’s and generally speaking international community’s wrong Syria policy unfortunately,” he said.

Turkey has consistently defended a plan to establish safe areas and no-fly-zones in Syria. Ankara has previously indicated that refugees who stay in Turkey and neighbouring countries could be settled in the “safe” areas which will be cleared from DAESH by Turkey and US-led coalition forces following effective operations against the terrorist group.

“I am addressing from here the whole international community and West which have greatly indulged the PYD. If our Western friends do not act in accordance with us and do not fight effectively against terror, PKK/PYD and DAESH terrorist organisations, which currently seem to be enemies of each other, could coalesce [in any future] and continue their attacks against Turkey and the whole of Europe,” Davutoglu cautioned.

Turkey considers the PYD as the Syrian extension of the PKK and a terrorist group though the US administration regards the PYD as an ally in the fight against DAESH. This has recently led to growing tension between Ankara and Washington over policy in northern Syria.

Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its eastern and southeastern regions by the PKK which is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, NATO, and the EU.

Most recently, the TAK, which is affiliated with the PKK terrorist group, claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack that killed at least 37 people on March 13 in the Kizilay District near Guvenpark in Ankara, which adjoins a major transportation hub of bus and minibus stops and the city's central metro station. 

TRTWorld and agencies