President Erdoğan again blasts EU over terror stance at NATO meeting

Author : Hurriyet Dailynews

Posted : November 21, 2016


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan again criticized the EU over its stance on terror organizations on Nov. 21, urging Brussels to take necessary measures to prevent outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) activities in member countries.
“We want you to prevent members of terror organizations from acting comfortably in your countries, making propaganda, choosing militants and racketeering with threats. As a terror victim country, we cannot tolerate the fact that the PKK, which the EU has designated as a terror organization, roams so comfortably in EU member countries with posters of the chief terrorist [Abdullah Öcalan], also swarming with its banners in the corridors of the European Parliament building,” Erdoğan said at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s annual session in Istanbul.
“All our friends should take necessary precautions on this issue. Otherwise, terror will one day also hit them like a boomerang,” he added.
Erdoğan also stated that terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria were “using the weapons of friendly nations.”
“I have to explain the truth here: Do you know that there are weapons in the hands of organizations that we have declared as terrorists in Iraq and Syria that were produced by our friends? We know all those weapons, as well as their serial numbers. But when we tell [Western allies] about this, they don’t care,” he said.
He particularly referred to the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its military wing the YPG, which Turkey says is organically linked to the PKK, but with which the U.S. has partnered with in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Erdoğan said it was wrong to “treat one terrorist as good for fighting other terrorist organizations,” while describing Turkey as a “barrier” between terrorist organizations and the rest of the world.
“Turkey is in fact a barrier between terrorist organizations and rest of the world, primarily Europe. If we fail in this fight, if this barrier collapses, then terrorists will bathe the whole world in fire and blood. Come, let’s strengthen this barrier instead of weakening it. Every support given to Turkey in the anti-terror fight will contribute to guaranteeing that country’s own future,” he added.


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