Turkish senior officer: Attitude, acts of certain countries help PKK

Turkish Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen. Ergin Saygun said on Tuesday that the attitude and acts of certain countries, including some of Turkey's allies, offered shelter to the banned Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK).

Turkish senior officer: Attitude, acts of certain countries help PKK
Saygun made such remarks while delivering a speech at the symposium on "Cutting ideological and Economic Support for Terrorist Organization," the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

"We have witnessed important steps taken by EU recently against the PKK, which is a good thing," said Saygun, "however, the outlawed organization is still able to sponsor conferences in the European Parliament and the parliaments of France and Britain."

Touching on the financial assistance PKK received, Saygun said that the PKK, which was involved in drug and human trafficking in Europe, earned big sum of money from various European countries.

Responding to the criticism of certain "human rights advocates" of EU countries, Saygun said that some EU countries took even more dramatic measures against terrorism.

He indicated that "in order to fight successfully against terrorism, the hopes of terrorists must be completely eradicated," adding that "aside from military measures, financial and psychological support to the terrorist organization must be cutoff."

Turkish Armed Forces was ready to share information and cooperate against terrorism, he said.

Agencies

Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Aralık 2007, 11:22
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