EU’s top diplomat says bloc is against any Kurdish state

European Union’s top diplomat Federica Mogherini indicates that 28 state-bloc does not favor any independent Kurdish entity in Middle East

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European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini speaks during a joint news conference with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (unseen) at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Feb. 15, 2016.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has said that the 28 country-bloc has opposed the formation of a separate Kurdish state in the Middle East.

"The European Union does not support any separatist agenda for the Kurds - being it in Turkey, being it in Iraq, being it in Syria," Mogherini said at the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday.

Mogherini reiterated the EU's condemnation of violence by the PKK following an attack last week in the heart of the capital Ankara that killed 29 people and wounded scores of others.

"The European Union condemns in any possible way any terrorist act and considers the PKK as a terrorist organisation," Mogherini said.

"We also believe, as united as we are in condemning terrorist acts, that the way to solve the Kurdish issue inside Turkey is through a peace process that the same Turkish government started a few years ago before dropping it," she said.

In the beginning of 2013, Turkey announced its “Resolution Process” aimed at resolving the armed conflict between Turkey and PKK which had seemed responsive until mid-July 2015 under the instructions of its imprisoned  leader, Abdullah Ocalan.

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

"We continue to think this is the way and we say this to the Turkish authorities and to the Kurds equally," Mogherini said.

Mogherini also said the crisis will not be solved unless the rights of Kurds are respected.

"We need to make sure that rights are respected by the Kurds and to the Kurds. Most of all, it cannot be possible to make as if this was not an issue in the region - it is," she said.

PKK terror attacks have killed more than 300 security officers in Turkey since the group’s umbrella organisation, the KCK, unilaterally ended a two and a half year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11 and threatened further Turkey with attacks.

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