Davutoğlu says PKK in Europe should not be tolerated

19 September 2011, Monday

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said elaborate structure of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in numerous countries, particularly in Europe, from where it continues its terrorism financing, recruitment and propaganda activities and drug trafficking should not be tolerated.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu

Davutoğlu recalled in a speech he delivered in a counter-terrorism gathering organized by the Counter Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) that scores of people have been killed or wounded in different parts of the world in recent months and that Turkey, like many countries, has not been spared from this scourge.

He said Turkey has recently been confronted with an increasing degree of terrorist attacks perpetrated by the PKK, vowing that Turkey will continue its determined stance against terrorism in all its forms, and will defend its people against such heinous acts.

“We will do so decisively, and with every measure deemed necessary,” Davutoğlu said, adding that Turkey’s actions will be fully consistent with democratic principles and the rule of law.

Davutoğlu called on the international community to act in compliance with their international obligations to fight all forms of terror, claiming that the PKK launches its attacks on Turkish soil from northern Iraq which he said cannot be accepted.

Turkish foreign minister said he sent with Turkey’s partners the same clear message to terrorists: namely that there is no safe haven or immunity from criminal justice.

Davutoğlu complained that declared members of the PKK continue to benefit from and abuse the asylum status they have been granted in some European countries. He said unless the international community shows coherent resolve in this regard, terrorists will continue “to play us against one another.”

Davutoğlu said Turkey is an active contributor to capacity building efforts of UN agencies and regional organizations, conducting extensive bilateral capacity building programs for countries in need of assistance.

He said in 2010 alone, 2500 security officials from 30 countries have received training courses from the Turkish police. These figures will increase in the period ahead, he added.

Davutoğlu recalled that Turkey has started training Afghan police officials in Turkey this year, under a joint multilateral project. He said around 500 Afghan police cadets are currently studying in Turkey, underlining that Turkey is also examining how it can support the needs of the Libyan National Transitional Council in their efforts to set up their criminal justice system.

Turkish foreign minister said as an important manifestation of Turkey’s commitment to strengthening international counterterrorism cooperation, Turkey currently co-chairs the Global Counter Terrorism Forum initiative, together with the United States.

This new platform which will be launched in a matter of days, he said supports the central role of the United Nations and the aims to enable the full, comprehensive, and balanced implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

Davutoğlu said it is meant to complement the UN counterterrorism framework and that one of its priorities will be to mobilize and coordinate existing and additional resources and expertise to build counterterrorism capabilities around the globe in partnership with and according to the particular needs of interested countries.

He said as a staunch advocate of counter-terrorism initiatives, inspired with its chairmanship of the UN Security Council Counter Terrorism Committee in 2010, Turkey will continue and redouble its efforts at all levels in time ahead.

“Our overriding objective will be to mitigate the effects of terrorist acts and to help eradicate this scourge,” Davutoğlu concluded.