Davutoglu says Turkey will fight to 'eliminate' terrorism

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says government will take all 'necessary measures' against enemies of peace

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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu spoke on a live TV interview on Wednesday

Updated Sep 17, 2015

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in a TV interview on Wednesday that ‘’Security operations against the outlawed PKK will continue with determination until all the armed powers are eliminated other than the legitimate armed forces in Turkey,”

Davutoglu  added: “If anyone participates in an act to destroy the peace of the country, we will not refrain from taking necessary measures.”

The prime minister called on residents living in Turkey’s Kurdish-majority provinces in the east and southeast to support democracy by standing against the outlawed PKK.

He also addressed the Justice and Development Party’s (AK Party) relationship with Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), which holds cabinet posts in Turkey’s interim government under Davutoglu.

“Our enemy is the terrorist organisation,” he said. “Whether the HDP becomes an enemy or a competitor is related to the reaction it gives or does not give against the terrorist organisation."

“The HDP is our competitor if it acts as a political party. If it legitimizes the terrorist organisation, if it supports it and stands behind it, then it becomes the enemy of the nation.”

The Prime Minister and also AK Party leader Davutoglu  touched upon the upcoming election on Nov.1 saying ‘’The only party who stands the chance of coming to power alone is the AK Party.’’

‘’At the end of our party congress, our unity and solidarity was strengthened. The fact that I was chosen the  president with receiving all the votes indicates the trust that 14-year-long team has in me,’’ he said.

As to the Israeli attack on Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque, Davutoglu said ‘’How is it possible to have normal relations with Israel which has a mindset  aiming  to destroy Al Aqsa Mosque and draw all Muslims out there?’’

‘’A good relationship with Israel is unlikely until all Palestinian lands, including Jerusalem, embrace freedom and peace,’’ he added.

TRTWorld and agencies