Turkish FM underlines ‘international roots’ of terrorism

Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu says that Turkey's terror threat has international roots, co-charing Global Counterterrorism Forum

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Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu (C-R) and US Secretary of State John Kerry (C-L) co-chair the ministerial meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum in New York, United States on September 27, 2015

Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu said Turkey is fighting against multiple terrorist organisations which have international and regional roots, and stressed for a further global cooperation against terror.

Sinirlioglu’s remarks came as he co-chaired the Global Counterterrorism Forum with US Secretary of State John Kerry in New York.

“As many struggle to learn just the acronyms, let alone apprehend – comprehend the changing motives, tactics, and cause of the many faces of terror, Turkey is once again in the trenches fighting on not one but three fronts,” Sinirlioglu said referring to PKK, ISIS and far left DHKP-C, all of which are listed as terrorist organisations by both Turkey and the US.

“Today the fallout from invasions and war, simmering tensions fueled by unresolved conflicts, and political and social fault lines left to fester in our region have combined to further exacerbate the risks we face from terrorism,” Sinirlioglu said.

Turkey has faced an increased number of terror attacks starting with a suicide bombing on July 20 in Suruc district in Turkey's  southeastern Sanliurfa province that claimed 34 lives. The Turkish government says that ISIS, which has grown benefiting from the civil war in Syria, was responsible for the attack.

Since the Suruc suicide bombing, more than 120 security officers and over 30 civilians have been killed in terror attacks mostly carried out by PKK.

In response, Turkey increased security measures domestically and conducted several anti-terror operations arresting hundreds of suspected militants from various militant groups including PKK, ISIS and DHKP-C.

Turkey has also joined an international coalition against ISIS and conducted air strikes in Syria, targetting  PKK in northern Iraq.

“The threat was never solely home grown. Driven in no small part by our geographic location, it had complex and stubborn regional and international roots,” Sinirlioglu said, explaining the nature of the threat that Turkey has been facing.

The Turkish foreign minister also emphasised the importance of an international collective response to fight against terrorism threatening not only Turkey but also other countries.

“In this struggle we, together, are only as strong as the weakest link that binds us in our efforts to confront the complex challenge that terrorism poses,” he said.

“There is no place for indifference at this moment for any nation that is signed up to rule of law and to global responsibilities,” US Secretary of State John Kerry said, emphasising the importance of international cooperation against terrorism.

TRTWorld and agencies