European Union Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn said on Wednesday that the EU continues to take the PKK threat very seriously and urged a halt to its terror attacks in which at least 28 Turkish security officers have died since the beginning of 2016.
Speaking at the European Parliament during a session on the “Situation in southeast Turkey”, Hanh said "We will continue to reassure Turkey that the EU takes the PKK threat very seriously and that the EU Member States have also acted robustly against the PKK."
He emphasized that the PKK “must stop declaring autonomy in districts in the southeast,” reminding that the group has been recognised as terrorist organisation since 2002 by the European Union.
The commissioner also underlined the significance of the peace process by saying “Resuming talks and negotiations within the peace process is the only way forward."
He said the stability in the southeast “is important not just for Turkey, from a political, economic and security perspective, but for the EU and the wider region as well.”
Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its southeastern regions by PKK which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by the EU, the US, and Turkey.
Armed clashes and acts of violence have continued on and off for more than 30 years, and claimed more than 40,000 lives.
PKK terror attacks have killed more than 200 security officials in the country since the group’s umbrella organisation, the KCK, unilaterally ended a two and a half year-long ceasefire with the Turkish government on July 11, 2015.