Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the leaders of Turkey's main political parties issued messages of hope after Eid Prayers early on Thursday, emphasising recent terror attacks and saying that the country would overcome the threat.
In their messages at the start of the four-day holiday, President Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu spoke of the difficult times Turkey faces with renewed attacks by the outlawed PKK mostly in Turkey's eastern and the southeastern provinces.
Erdogan said, "Each and every citizen of Turkey is equal and has the same rights and freedoms; the outlawed PKK and its sympathisers aim to set brothers at odds who address the same qiblah [direction] and share a common past and future dreams. "
The president also said that some circles were using the PKK to bring fire into Turkey and destroy the nation’s brotherhood.
“We are going through hard times in this Eid, and as you know, Turkey will go to the polls on Nov. 1 and this election will pave the way for Turkish people to overcome these problems with determination,” Erdogan added.
Erdogan also said that “the Turkish people will take a step to ensure the safety and stability of the country in this election,’’ and gave Eid greetings to all citizens.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called for unity and brotherhood in his statement.
“We are the children of the same air and atmosphere, we have been living together on the same land for centuries, we have been celebrating Eid with the same prayers.
“And each member of this country will continue to celebrate Eid together and sing songs of fellowship,” he added.
Davutoglu concluded his speech by saying that “We should stand with each other against those who want to separate us.”
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the head of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), said that even though Islamic feasts were normally times when people embrace each other within society, the recent terror attacks in Turkey and the suffering in the whole region made “our hearts break.”
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli also condemned PKK terror attacks in Turkey during his speech on Thursday.
Militants belonging to the outlawed PKK launched renewed terror attacks two months ago after the group unilaterally ended its ceasefire with the government on July 11.
The violence has threatened to overshadow a rerun of June's general election on Nov. 1.
Since late July, the PKK has killed around 30 civilians and more than 120 members of the security forces, according to the state, while the Turkish military says it has killed around 1,200 PKK terrorists in Turkey and northern Iraq.