Turkish Prime Minister and the leader of governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party), Ahmet Davutoglu, said that Turkey is not in a war and not fighting with Kurds in Syria and Turkey, the only struggle that Turkey launches is against “terrorist organisations.”
Attending an exclusive interview with BBC on Tuesday, Davutoglu stressed that there can not be war between states and terrorist organisations.
“If Al Qaida attacks to the UK, you don’t say there is a war between the UK and Al Qaida. Non of the governments, non of the democratic states in Europe or America condone a rabble-rousing organisation which calls public rioting against a legal government,” stated Davutoglu.
Davutoglu also mentioned the Kurdish refugees escaping from the outlawed PKK’s Syrian affiliate People’s Protection Units (YPG) militants in 2013.
“The first refugees came to Turkey from Kobani and Haseke in 2013 were not escaping from ISIS or Assad regime, but escaping from PYD [YPG’s political organism, Democratic Union Party]. There was an operation against them. The Kurdish people supporting [Massoud] Barzani [Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government President] were deported from Syrian lands by this group. We don’t have any problems with those who don’t launch terrorist attacks to Turkey,” he added.
PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisations by Turkey, NATO, the EU and the US.
After the Turkish general election on June 7, PKK’s umbrella organisation Group of Communities (KCK) issued a statement on July 11 declaring that the ceasefire with the Turkish government had ended and threatened Turkey with further attacks.
Since July 11, at least 33 Turkish security officials and seven civilians were killed by PKK terrorists and its youth wing Patriotic Revolutionist Youth Movement (YDG-H) in terror attacks.
In response to a question about supporting ISIS, which is also listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, or any other militant organisations, Davutoglu said these claims are “very unfair assesment” and he “categorically” rejected them.
“Turkey is against all terrorist groups because they pose a threat to Turkey more than any other country.”
Turkey started bombing ISIS targets on Syrian soil on July 24 following a suicide bombing attack on July 20 launched by an ISIS militant which killed 33 people in the Suruc district of Turkey’s southeastern Sanliurfa province.