Turkish PM announces master plan to fight terrorism

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu officially announces 10-step action plan against terrorism in country's southeast

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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu giving a speech in Mardin Province.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has officially announced details of a 10-step action plan against PKK terrorism in the southeastern provinces.

Turkey has decided to apply a "master action plan" to counter terrorism and and rebuild areas destroyed in its southeastern provinces once anti-terror operations against PKK terrorists end successfully.

Speaking in the southeastern province of Mardin, Davutoglu said on Friday that the first principle of the plan is to provide psycho-social rehabilitation to local people victimised by PKK terror attacks.

Secondly, Turkey will reconstruct and strengthen the public order in these southeastern provinces.

Davutoglu said that the third article of the plan proposes comprehensive democratic reforms in the country with the introduction of a new constitution.

Giving financial help to all locals and facilitating debt restructuring for tradesmen and employers who were negatively affected by the terrorism appear to be other important articles in the government’s action plan.

Turkey will also adopt an urban transformation project in the region and establish an effective communication strategy between the government and people.

According to the plan, permanent security branches will be set up in the area and officials will take strict measures over guns and explosives, preventing any further terror attacks.

Davutoglu emphasised that the final steps in the implementation of the plan will require direct contact with NGOs and local people regarding any problem in these provinces.

The prime minister said the last and most important article of the plan is to reinforce unity and solidarity not only among all the people of Turkey but also among the people of the Middle East.

More than 300 security officers have died in PKK terror attacks in Turkey since the group’s umbrella organisation, the KCK, unilaterally ended a two-and-a-half-year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11, 2015 and threatened Turkey with attacks.

Turkish security forces launched a comprehensive anti-terror operation in mid-December of 2015 against the PKK terrorist organisation in the provinces of Diyarbakir, Sirnak and Mardin.

The anti-terror operation aimed to fill holes dug by the terrorists, remove barricades, disarm bomb traps and clear the area of terrorists.

Within the scope of the operations, curfews in towns and cities across Turkey's southeastern provinces have become a regular occurrence to ensure the security of citizens during clashes between security forces and PKK terrorists.

At least 52 Turkish security officers have died in terror attacks since the beginning of 2016.

TRTWorld, AA