Erdogan says PKK and PYD both terrorist organisations

Turkey’s Erdogan calls on EU to show solidarity against terrorism and stresses PYD affiliation with PKK

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during joint press conference with European Council President Donald Tusk following meeting at EU Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on October 05, 2015

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with EU leaders in Brussels on Monday and called for solidarity against terrorism and groups such as ISIS and the PKK affiliated PYD.

In a meeting on Monday with President of the European Council (EC) Donald Tusk, Erdogan said that he hoped that EU countries would act seriously against terrorist organisations.

Erdogan also accused the PKK - recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US and the EU - of destroying called the “solution process” which began early 2013.

"The PKK ruined the solution process, this is a terrorist organisation, and just like any other terrorist organisation in the region, our struggle against them is everlasting," Erdogan said.

Erdogan said that EU member states should understand that there is no difference between the PYD and the PKK.

“A terrorist organisation should not be given a cloak of legitimacy under the guise of fighting Daesh [referring to ISIS] in Syria. The PYD is a terrorist organisation like the PKK and they work together. We cannot speak of good terrorists versus bad terrorists," Erdogan said.

He also added, "Daesh is a terrorist organisation and so are the PYD and the PKK. I wholeheartedly believe [our] European friends will show sensitivity to this point."

There have been renewed attacks in Turkey in the wake of July 20 Suruc bombing, which left at least 30 people dead. The incident was blamed on ISIS. The murder by the PKK of two Turkish police officers at their home sparked a new wave of conflict in the country.

After meeting with Tusk, Erdogan was invited by the Egmont Institute to join a conference in the Chateau of Val Duchesse.

Erdogan accused Bashar al Assad's administration in Syria of collaborating with ISIS and said some countries are involved in the conflict for their own interests.

“Bringing peace and founding stability in the country is only possible with a controlled transition leading to regime change.”

“Thanks to the protection, aid and service provided by Turkey, 2.2 million Syrian citizens are continuing to live in safety,” he said. “By doing this, we possess more of the European Union values than [some] member states.”

TRTWorld and agencies