Erdogan says DAESH, PKK are tools of other evil forces

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says PKK, DAESH are serving evil agendas of other forces by attacking Turkey

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Press office release of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's picture, released March 18, 2016.

Updated Mar 21, 2016

PKK and DAESH terrorist groups are serving evil agendas of other forces by carrying out attacks in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday during a speech at an educational conference in Istanbul.

“When we think about why terrorist organisations such as the PKK and DAESH are targeting our country, we come across other forces and their intentions with Turkey,” Erdogan added.

Despite having different titles and different methods, both terrorist groups have the same goal and are serving “dirty agendas” of such forces, he said.

DAESH is suspected of being responsible for Saturday’s blast in Istanbul’s Beyoglu district, killing five people and injuring 39 others.

PKK sympathisers camping in Brussels

Erdogan slammed the Belgian government for turning a blind-eye to PKK affiliates and sympathisers camping outside the Turkey-EU summit venue in Brussels.

Although flags representing the terrorist group were removed ahead of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s visit, they were put back up after his departure.

Erdogan criticised Brussels for its intentional lack of sincerity in the ‘so-called friendship’.

"What kind of a friendship is that? What we want is to make more friends, and fewer enemies. But, I think it is also our right to put in place those who do not know where to stand,” he said.

“They call it 'freedom of thought'. What kind of freedom of thought is this?” Erdogan rhetorically asked.

“Should I applaud you, and say that you’ve done a great job?"

"As long as you let those rags [terrorist flags] fly, you’ll keep hearing these remarks from us,” he said, adding that he asked Davutoglu to contact the Belgian authorities, followed by the summoning of Belgium’s ambassador to the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Sunday.

Turkey’s concerns were also expressed in a phone call by Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to his Belgian counterpart Didier Reynders.

Seeking Red Notice

Ankara’s Chief Public Prosecution Office has asked the Turkish Ministry of Justice to appeal to Interpol a red notice for 47 PKK terrorist figures, according to sources.

List includes senior figures such as Murat Karayilan, Cemil Bayik, Fehman Huseyin, Duran Kalkan, Remzi Kartal and Sabri Ok, said sources who spoke in anonymity.

The appeal included investigations into their assets and bank accounts as well as confiscation of their properties

A detention warrant was issued May 2015 for 49 PKK members, including the six listed above, for “disrupting the unity and territorial integrity of the state.”

The PKK was established in 1974 and has been listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US and the EU.

TRTWorld and agencies