Erdogan says Turkey saddened by Western inaction towards PYD

Turkey’s President Erdogan says he is saddened by Western inaction towards PYD which is considered to be terrorist organisation by Turkey

Photo by: AA (Archive)
Photo by: AA (Archive)

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends a funeral ceremony held for a fallen soldier.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that he was saddened by the West's refusal to call the PYD a terrorist group, emphasising that there is no doubt the PYD was behind the Ankara attack.

On Wednesday evening, a terror attack targeted military vehicles carrying personnel working for the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) in Turkey’s capital Ankara, killing at least 28 people and wounding 81.

The Turkish president spoke to reporters following the funeral service held for eight of those killed in the terrorist attack in Ankara.

Saying there is no doubt that the perpetrators were from the PYD or YPG, Erdogan stated "It saddens us that the West refuses to understand [that there is a link between PKK and PYD]. We presented many documents to them."

Showing PKK as an example, Erdogan said “the European Union recognise PKK as a European terrorist organisation. However, they do not call on any names now, even in a case like this [the recent bombing in Ankara].”

Erdogan addressed Western countries and  continued “if you are with us why don't you declare PYD/YPG as terror terrorist organisation like EU countries did to PKK. What do you want from us? If you want documents and information, we have already given them to you.”

Ankara considers the PYD as the Syrian extension of the PKK terrorist organisation although the US considers it as an useful ally against the DAESH terrorist group. The YPG is the militant wing of PYD.

Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its southeastern regions by the PKK, which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, and EU.

President Erdogan also stated that he would speak with US President Barack Obama later on Friday by phone about how the weapons provided by the United States have aided PYD.

"Months ago in my meeting with him (Obama), I told him the US was supplying weapons. Three plane loads arrived, half of them ended up in the hands of DAESH, and half of them in the hands of the PYD," Erdogan told reporters.

TRTWorld and agencies