Turkish President warns citizens against ‘parallel state’

Turkish President Erdogan says recent attacks in Turkey rise with collaboration between outlawed PKK and ‘parallel state’

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at Presidential Palace in capital Ankara

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned citizens on Wednesday against the “provocative” collaboration between outlawed PKK and the senior officials collaborating with “parallel state.”

Speaking at the Presidential Palace in capital Ankara during a meeting with village headmen, Erdogan said that the fugitive former prosecutors, Zekeriya Oz and Celal Kara, who were accused of intending to overthrow the Turkish government in late 2013, "will be held accountable for their actions" sooner or later.

“We see those [Oz and Kara] now who were threating us with forcing to flee abroad. They are fleeing to Armenia through Georgia. Who knows where they will flee to from Armenia, it’s not the matter. Now, we as the Turkish state are tracing them. As you know, some of them were caught in Romania. These will absolutely be captured where ever they go, being frogmarched into Turkey to pay the price,” Erdogan said.

Oz and Kara crossed into Armenia through Georgia on Tuesday after a warrant for their arrest was issued concerning a corruption probe launched with the accusation of “debasement of the profession, corrupting its pride and honour.”

“In this process, we see a disgusting collaboration between the separatist terror organisation [PKK] and this parallel state,” Erdogan added.

Former prosecutor Oz is accused of being affiliated with the Gulen Movement led by the US-based Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen.

The movement is accused of forming an inner circle – publicly known as the “parallel state” – within government institutions such as the judiciary, police force and the bureaucracy and of attempting to overthrow the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) through a judicial plot liked to the investigations.

Erdogan called people to not be demoralised with the broadcasts of both the media bodies allegedly affiliated with “parallel state” and the organisations accused of making propaganda of PKK terrorists.

“Together with our nation, we are also taking note of treason by these media institutions for publicly opening their pages and screens to everyone who treats our country and nationals as an enemy,” he said.

PKK is an armed militant group that has been carrying out terror attacks mostly in Turkey’s southeastern since early 1980s. The group was found by Abdullah Ocalan who was captured in Kenya and imprisoned by Turkish government in 1999. PKK is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as the US and the EU, The armed conflict between PKK terrorists and Turkish government claimed more than 40,000 lives over 30 years.

After the Turkish general election on June 7, PKK’s umbrella organisation Group of Communities (KCK) issued a statement on July 11 declaring that its truce with the Turkish government had ended and threatened Turkey with further attacks.

Since July 11, at least 33 security officers and seven civilians were killed by PKK terrorists and its youth wing Patriotic Revolutionist Youth Movement (YDG-H) in terror attacks.

The PKK terrorists have also attacked the Iran-Turkey natural gas pipeline in Turkey’s eastern province of Agri on July 27.

Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum pipeline in the Sarikamis district of Turkey’s northeastern province of Kars was also attacked by the PKK terrorists on Aug. 4.

TRTWorld and agencies