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Turkey to hold security summit on increased PKK attacks

ANKARA - Hürriyet Daily News | 6/1/2010 12:00:00 AM |

PM Erdoğan promises to continue the fight against the outlawed PKK as officials prepare to hold a security summit to review Turkey's anti-terror policies

An apparent increase in the number of deadly terrorist attacks throughout Turkey has mobilized government and security officials to review the country’s fight against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will lead a security summit in Ankara on Wednesday that will see the participation of Chief of General Staff Gen. İlker Başbuğ, as well as other prominent officials.

“These sorts of attacks targeting the unity and integrity of Turkey will not succeed in reaching their aims,” Erdoğan told his lawmakers during weekly parliamentary group meetings Tuesday.

Noting that the government had launched its Kurdish initiative to stop the bloodshed, Erdoğan said the attacks were aimed at blocking Turkey’s path toward better democratic standards.

“Whenever we talk about democracy, some circles commit crimes of terror. When we talk about improving the rule of law in this country, some circles try to sabotage it,” he said, calling on people not to fall into the traps set by these groups and promising that Turkey’s fight against terror would continue with determination.

The PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

The main Turkish opposition party, however, criticized the government’s policies to stop the rise in terrorist attacks. Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, leader of the Republican People's Party, or CHP, said the loss of 12 soldiers in five days, and 30 soldiers in one month had devastated many families.

“The politics in this country needs to embrace its citizens, to accept that everyone is united in this country, to give cultural rights but to never support terror,” Kılıçdaroğlu told his deputies in Parliament on Tuesday. “But not with the politics made by AKP based on ethnic identity. The AKP has taken our society to a very different point, an initiative that led to splits within society.”

Declaring a wish to see the government more determined, consistent and open, the CHP leader added: “We miss the Turkey where fallen soldiers and terror didn’t exist, where citizens didn’t die, a Turkey where everyone had enough money to eat. We promise this hope to our people.”

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