European Union condemns PKK ‘terrorism’ in Turkey

European Union condemns recent terror attacks of PKK in Turkey

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

The European Union (EU) has condemned the recent terror attacks carried out by the outlawed PKK in Turkey with a written statement on Tuesday.

“We condemn the recent acts of PKK terrorism. PKK is listed as a terrorist organisation by EU. EU member countries struggle against PKK,” European Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic stated.

Kocijancic expressed the EU’s solidarity with the Turkish government and the people of Turkey, as well as concern of resolution over increased violent acts in the country.

“The increase in violence acts is a serious concern and should be solved immediately,” said Kocijancic.

The statement referred to the attacks carried out against the US consulate building and a police station in Istanbul on Monday and defined the incidents as “unacceptable."

A police station was targeted with a car bomb by PKK in the Sultanbeyli district of Istanbul on Monday.

On the same day, the US consulate building in the Istinye district of Istanbul was attacked by two DHKP-C militants.

Mentioning the murder of a soldier in an attack to a military helicopter on Monday, the spokeswoman stated that EU offered its condolences to the families of the soldier killed in the incident and wished a quick recovery for all Turkish people.

In addition to the EU, PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, NATO and US.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US State Department Brett McGurk also condemned PKK via his twitter account in July.  

‘‘Regarding recent PKK terrorist attacks in Turkey and reports of Turkish air strikes against the PKK in northern Iraq. We have strongly condemned the PKK’s terrorist attacks in Turkey and we fully respect our ally Turkey’s right to self-defense.’’ said Brett McGurk.

PKK is an armed militant group that has been carrying out terror attacks mostly in southeast Turkey, since the early 1980s.

The militant group has claimed more than 40,000 lives during 30 years of armed conflict with the Turkish government.

In early 2013, Turkey launched a "Peace Process" to end years of armed conflict with the PKK and build reforms regarding the constitution.

However, PKK decided to end the ceasefire on July 11, 2015 using the construction of dams in southeastern Turkey as an excuse.

TRTWorld, AA