Turkey sees cross-bor­der op­er­a­tions against PKK as both right, nec­es­sary

Pres­i­dent Er­doğan said on Fri­day that cross-bor­der op­er­a­tions in Syria aimed at elim­i­nat­ing the threat posed by PKK ter­ror­ists and Turkey had the right and obli­ga­tion to pro­tect its cit­i­zens from all such threats em­a­nat­ing from near abroad

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TURKEY will con­tinue to take all the nec­es­sary ac­tions needed to elim­i­nate ter­ror­ist threats wher­ever they may be, Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­doğan said Fri­day, adding that the re­cent cross-bor­der op­er­a­tions in Syria are also part of Ankara’s ef­forts to se­cure Turkey’s bor­ders and na­tional sovereignty. “We do not have the lux­ury to say go ahead, if there are at­tacks and ha­rass­ment orig­i­nat­ing from within the bor­ders of the Na­tional Pact aimed at our coun­try. We have the re­spon­si­bil­ity to im­ple­ment the nec­es­sary mea­sures. This is what we did in Op­er­a­tion Euphrates Shield and what we are do­ing right now in Idlib and Afrin,” the pres­i­dent said in Ankara dur­ing the com­mem­o­ra­tion cer­e­mony of the death of the founder of the Repub­lic of Turkey, Mustafa Ke­mal Atatürk, re­fer­ring to the set of de­ci­sions adopted by the Ot­toman par­lia­ment in 1920 for peace con­di­tions af­ter the em­pire’s de­feat in World War I. The Na­tional Pact sought self-de­ter­mi­na­tion for Turks in ar­eas pre­vi­ously oc­cu­pied or ex­pected to be oc­cu­pied by the Al­lies in a peace treaty, and de­manded Mo­sul and Kirkuk in north­ern Iraq, north­ern Syria, Ge­or­gia’s Ba­tumi and western Thrace in Greece be in­cluded within the coun­try’s bor­ders.

PEO­PLES’ Demo­cratic Party (HDP) Deputy Leyla Bir­lik at­tended the fu­neral of a mem­ber of the PKK ter­ror­ist group who was killed in a clash with po­lice last week in Di­yarbakır.

Se­cu­rity forces car­ried out an op­er­a­tion on a ter­ror­ist cell in the Kayapı­nar dis­trict of Di­yarbakır. Mu­rat Çe­lik, a mem­ber of the PKK’s Civil De­fense Units (YPS) ur­ban struc­ture, whose co­de­name was “Mor­dem An­dok,” was killed in a shootout, and a grenade thrown by him had wounded 10 po­lice of­fi­cers. Ah­met Alp Taşdemir, one of the wounded of­fi­cers, later died from his wounds.

Çe­lik’s body was handed over to his fam­ily and in­terred at Yeniköy ceme­tery in Di­yarbakır. Some of­fi­cials from the HDP, in­clud­ing Bir­lik, the party’s Şır­nak deputy, at­tended the fu­neral cer­e­mony.

The HDP came un­der fire nu­mer­ous times for at­tend­ing ter­ror­ists’ funerals and mak­ing sup­port­ive state­ments about the PKK, de­spite the party’s claims that they do not sup­port and have no ties with the ter­ror­ist group.

Party’s mem­bers have at­tended the fu­neral of PKK ter­ror­ists many times be­fore. In the most con­tro­ver­sial ex­am­ple, HDP Deputy Tuba Hezer at­tended the fu­neral and was a pall­bearer for a ter­ror­ist who per­pe­trated the Ankara car bomb­ing on Feb. 17, which killed 28 peo­ple, mostly civil­ians, and wounded 61.

For­mer HDP Co-Chair Fi­gen Yük­sek­dağ, pre­vi­ously drew heavy crit­i­cism for call­ing the PKK a na­tional lib­er­a­tion move­ment.

The con­flict with the PKK, which is rec­og­nized as a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion by the U.S., EU and NATO, has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 peo­ple over the past three decades.

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