Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the youth within PKK terrorist organisation on Wednesday to abandon the terrorist group, promising that the Turkish state will keep its doors open to them if they surrender.
Speaking at a meeting with village headmen at the Presidential Complex in Turkey’s capital Ankara, Erdogan said that “We do not have another roadmap. Whomever regrets their actions and surrenders, we will keep our doors open. I call on the young people within the PKK; abandon the terrorist group before it’s too late.”
“We would like to see you, the next generation, to be beneficial to our country. We want to see your honest faces, not covered with red masks. We want to see your hands busy with computers, not with guns,” Erdogan continued.
He also emphasised that the Turkish state’s fight is against terrorist groups and terrorists not against Kurdish citizens, who live in southeastern regions of the country.
PKK, which is considered a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, and EU resumed its 30-year armed campaign against Turkey in late July, after unilaterally ending a two and half year ceasefire.
Since then, more than 250 people; including, security officials and civilians have died in PKK terror attacks.
Turkish Security Forces launched a comprehensive anti-terror operation in mid-December of 2015 against PKK terrorist organisation in the provinces of Diyarbakir, Sirnak and Mardin.
Within the scope of the operations, curfews in towns and cities across the southeastern provinces have become a regular occurrence to ensure the security of citizens during clashes between security forces and PKK terrorists.
Since the beginning of 2016, at least 25 Turkish security officers have died during anti-terror operations in the southeastern provinces.