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17 April 2014, Thursday
 
 
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Erdoğan: Military operations will stop if PKK lays down arms

TURKISH PRIME MINISTER RECEP TAYYIP ERDOĞAN RESPONDED TO QUESTIONS BY REPORTERS ON APRIL 20, 2012 IN DOHA. (PHOTO: CIHAN)
20 April 2012, Friday /TODAYSZAMAN.COM
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said the Turkish military would “completely” halt military operations against the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) if the organization were to lay down its arms.

“The separatist terrorist organization should lay down its arms. This is our call. The stance of the Turkish state is clear once they lay down their arms. It is [our stance] to completely stop military operations. But it is out of question for operations to end unless the organization lays down its arms,” Erdoğan said on Friday while responding to questions from reporters in Doha.

When asked whether he discussed the issue with Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani during a meeting on Thursday, the Turkish prime minister said although they did not discuss it, he did say the issue of the PKK's laying down its arms is always on Turkey's agenda in talks with northern Iraq's regional administration.

Barzani arrived in Turkey for a two-day visit on Thursday and met with Erdoğan in İstanbul on the same day. He also had talks with President Abdullah Gül and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu on Friday.

Turkey has been fighting the PKK since 1984 and as many as 40,000 people have died since then. Turkey has demanded active support from the Kurdish regional administration in the fight against the terrorist organization, which has several bases in northern Iraq, including its main base in the Kandil Mountains

 
 
COMMENTS
Of course Turkey wants the PKK to lay down its arms. Erdogan says that once this is done then Turkey will halt its military operations. Of course they will. And they will have the "status Quo" without having given anything. Its just another manifestation of Turkey's habit of take, take, take. Turkey...
Lawrence of Arabia
the pkk is losing ground day by day. this terror group is no more a threat to the development of the eastern turkey
dev
Turkey is becoming a welfare state and role model for other countries. The rebels should lay down before Government talks to them.
muradali_shaikh
What Erdoğan said in Doha about the PKK is what Assad wants in Syria. About 10,000 are dead in Syria as opposed to the 40,000 that you report in Turkiye.
Uncle Billy
Erdogan won't end this war with this attitude. Instead he sounds more like a man who wants it to continue. After all is said and done... only conventional wars only end with total surrender. The rest require negotiation. Once again we seem to have a leader who is too cowardly to take on the many peo...
tehlikeli yabanci
The main objective of the PKK is to rule over Kurds in a authoritarian and dictatorial manner. This is why the PKK has kidnapped and killed Kurds who propose peaceful solutions. Thats why the PKK hates religious Turks and Kurds, because Muslims want to resolve the matter peacefully. Unless the PKK c...
Friend of Turks
I hope that this long-stand issue will be ended soon.
hemnba
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