“The countries which prefer to cooperate with terrorists will get lost in a black hole unless they change their mentality,” says Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at his party’s parliamentary group meeting in the capital Ankara.

Turkish President and leader of the Justice and Development Party Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during the group meeting of AK Party at the Turkish Grand National Assembly in Ankara, Turkey on February 24, 2021.
Turkish President and leader of the Justice and Development Party Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during the group meeting of AK Party at the Turkish Grand National Assembly in Ankara, Turkey on February 24, 2021. (AA)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that all countries should back Turkey's justified fight against terrorism.

"We call on everyone who has principles and honour to back Turkey's legitimate fight and approach" on terrorism, Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his Justice and Development (AK) Party's parliamentary group in the capital Ankara on Wednesday.

But countries who qualify this fight with words such as "but" or "however" are making "a critical mistake", he added.

Turkey's counter-terror operations within and across its borders are the country’s legitimate right as well as "humanitarian missions,” Erdogan explained.

Turkey, like every state in the world, has the right to bring the fight against terrorism to its source, he said.

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US' conditional condemnation

On solidarity beyond borders, Erdogan said: "From the Balkans to Turkistan, from the Caucasus to Africa, we will continue to stand by each of our brothers in all our geography of the heart in all their days, both good and bad.”

He also stressed that for years Turkey has made clear to its Western friends about the fight against terrorism, saying: "If you don't put out the fire of terror where you see it, one day it will surely spread to you."

"Despite this, the same mistakes are still repeated. Here we are all watching the fate of those who do not listen to us," he said.

"We don’t even want to think about the future of these countries, whose streets are covered with fire and blood, whose parliaments are occupied, and who are shaken by racism and Islamophobia," Erdogan said.

"Countries which prefer to cooperate with bloody-minded terrorists rather than Turkey, one of the oldest states in the world, will get lost in a black hole unless they change their mentalities," he said.

Turkey has long been frustrated by Western countries’ lack of cooperation in its fight against terrorists, including the YPG/PKK.

In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK, listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, and the EU, has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants. 

The YPG is the PKK’s Syrian offshoot.

Earlier this month, after the PKK massacred 13 people in a cave in northern Iraq, including 12 Turkish citizens, the US issued a conditional condemnation, saying it condemned the massacre “if reports of the death of Turkish civilians at the hands of the PKK… are confirmed.” 

Turkey blasted the statement.

Turkey also lambasted Western countries’ silence or belated condemnation in the face of the massacre.

Ankara has also criticised Western countries for allowing terror groups to operate on their soil, refusing to extradite terror suspects wanted by Ankara, or even cooperating with terror groups such as the YPG/PKK along its borders.

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Human rights action plan

Turkey will announce a human rights action plan next week and an economic reform package in two weeks, Erdogan said.

"Next Tuesday, we will share the Human Rights Action Plan, prepared in line with the expectations of all segments," he told provincial congress meeting.

Also, in two weeks, the country will reveal an economic reform package, Erdogan stated.

"I hope we will reveal our determination to grow our country once again by announcing our economic reform package," he said.

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Source: AA