Erdogan says allies must recognise terror threat in Turkey

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan finds international community inadequate in recognition of terrorist threats that Turkey currently faces

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to an audience of businessmen in Turkey’s central Kayseri Province on Jan. 24, 2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticised the international community and its allies for not adequately supporting Turkey’s fight against terrorism.

“Our close allies tell us that ‘this is a terrorist organisation’ when we talk face to face. But [after the facts] the international community does not want to see the true face of terror,” Erdogan said, speaking to an audience of businessmen in Turkey’s central Kayseri Province on Sunday.

“The ones who have left us alone in the fight against terror will find themselves dealing with the same problem soon. We will not waver [against terror] because certain individuals have been expressing different opinions,” he stated.

“We will do whatever is necessary [against terror].”

The Turkish president had a high-level meeting with US Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday discussing various issues; including the terror threats that Turkey is currently facing against PKK and DAESH inside and outside of the country’s borders.

Erdogan told Biden that Turkey has been expecting sensitivity from high-level officials of allied powers, emphasising that they should stay away from expressions, which could serve the aims of certain groups trying to sabotage Turkey’s decisive fight against terror, according to the Turkish presidential office. 

“When Internet freedom is curtailed and social media sites like YouTube or Twitter are shut down and more than 1,000 academics are accused of treason simply by signing a petition, that’s not the type of example that needs to be set in the region,” Biden said on Friday during the first day of his visit in Turkey.

Last week numerous academics had issued a manifesto, accusing the Turkish state of violating human rights in southeastern and eastern regions, which sparked official investigations against them on the grounds that they have committed “terrorist propaganda” by supporting the PKK terror organisation.

In addition, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Friday urged Biden to come to straightforward terms with PKK terrorism, following Biden’s criticism of Turkey’s actions.

PKK terror attacks have left more than 250 security officers dead in Turkey, since the group’s umbrella organisation, KCK, unilaterally ended a two-and-a-half-year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11 and further threatened Turkey with attacks.

Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its southeastern and eastern regions by the PKK, which was founded in 1974 by Abdullah Ocalan and his supporters in Ankara.

Armed clashes and acts of violence have continued on and off for over 30 years and have claimed the lives of over 40,000 people.

TRTWorld and agencies