No support to PKK, says German officials
ANKARA - Hürriyet Daily NewsGermany has rejected claims from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that it does not want Turkey to solve its Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorism problem.
“The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Germany. The organization is banned in Germany. Germany shows zero tolerance towards terrorists,” Peter Kettner, a spokesperson for the German Embassy in Ankara told Hürriyet Daily News yesterday.
In addition to Germany, Erdoğan also accused France and the Scandinavian countries of obstructing Ankara’s fight against the PKK. French Embassy officials declined to comment on the issue. There are countries that do not want to see an end to PKK terrorism, Erdoğan said in a televised interview late on Sept. 27. “Germany does not want a solution. France does not want a solution. These countries do not help us. Instead, they let terrorist heads live in their territory,” the prime minister said. The most-developed countries in Europe “extend support to terror,” he said.
“The Scandinavian countries act as accessories to the PKK terrorist organization. We have asked them to extradite PKK terrorists. On one hand, they call the PKK a ‘terrorist organization’ within the European Union. On the other hand, they let PKK members walk and live freely on their soil,” Erdoğan said.