PM Davutoglu criticises US Vice President Biden over PKK

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu urges United States Vice President Joe Biden to face PKK terrorism straightforward following his criticism of Turkey over free speech

Photo by: AA
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Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden (L) is being welcomed by Prime Minister of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu (R) at the presidential office, located at the historical Dolmabahce Palace prior their meeting in Istanbul, Turkey on Jan. 23, 2016.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has urged United States Vice President Joe Biden to come terms with the PKK terrorism more straightforward after Biden criticised Turkish actions concerning restrictions of social media outlets and investigations against a number of Turkish academics over their alleged support to PKK.

Prime Minister Davutoğlu, answering questions of journalists after five days of official visits in Europe, particularly criticised US Vice President Joe Biden’s comments over PKK-PYD.

PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the EU, the US, and NATO and Turkey considers the PYD as the PKK's Syrian wing. 

Davutoğlu said, “It is evident that Biden is overlooking the situation in Turkey.”

Criticising Biden’s comments, “The PKK and the PYD are two different things,” Davutoğlu said, “It might seem that way from Washington, but that is not the case here in Turkey.”

Davutoğlu continued, “To allege that the PKK and the YPG are two different things, is to overlook that arms have been dispatched from Qandil into Syria, and from Syria into Turkey. YPG is managed from Qandil. The militants are sent from Qandil. It may be perceived in this way from Washington, but that is not how it is seen in Turkey.”

“The YPG is perceived as collaborating with the [Syrian] regime. Battling DAESH doesn’t legitimise the YPG. Turkey will intervene in YPG as it does with Qandil, if it threatens or transfers arms into Turkey,” he emphasised.

The Turkish prime minister stated that, “I don’t know who prepared Biden’s program, but I believe he really doesn’t want to see what really is happening in Turkey. Turkey is a free country, everyone is free to meet who they please.”

“Yet, if Biden wants to have an opinion on Turkey, we would have preferred him to meet the families of the martyrs and deceased civilian’s families. Or, he could have met the people who have suffered from PKK terrorism,” he added.

TRTWorld and agencies