Turkish PM says ‘PKK does not represent our Kurdish people’

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says Kurdish people in southeastern provinces support ongoing anti-terror operation in region

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Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu is seen speaking in a meeting of Turkey’s Council of Higher Education (YOK) on Friday

Updated Jan 16, 2016

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Friday that the “PKK terror organisation does not represent our Kurdish people in southeastern provinces as they also support the ongoing anti-terror operation in the region.”

Speaking at a meeting with Turkey’s Council of Higher Education (YOK), Davutoglu responded to the academicians who signed a joint declaration to call on the government to stop anti-terror operations targeting PKK.

“You cannot support terrorism within the framework of freedom of opinion. We need to question whether it is really about freedom if some people try to legitimise violence and terror with a document,” Davutoglu said.

He also noted that the Kurdish majority of local people in the southeastern provinces are also weary of the ongoing terror attacks and they also support the state's security operations, despite the autonomy calls of the PKK.

Davutoglu also said that, “I ask these academicians whether they would still sign this declaration if they had to pass through road barricades and bombs set by PKK just like the case is in our southeastern provinces.”

The Turkish PM emphasised that the declaration aims to create an impression of an oppressive government, ignoring the fact that Turkey deals with terror attacks from three different terror organisations including PKK and DAESH.

Meanwhile, security forces continue to conduct operations, taking great risks, as PKK terrorists brutally target families of soldiers and policemen.

Locals show their support for these operations, as they welcome soldiers and policemen, by offering them tea during their difficult task.

Security forces also share their food and help citizens with the provision of their daily needs under the curfew, which was placed for the security of people, due to possible clashes with the terrorists.

The PKK, which is listed as a terror organisation by Turkey, US and the EU, has been disrupting the social order in many provinces, as they dig up trenches and set road-barricades on streets.

The terrorists also set fire to several school buildings, hospitals, mosques and even targeted kindergartens.

Almost 300 people including security officials and civilians have died in PKK terror attacks since July 2015.

TRTWorld and agencies