MHP leader says US move on three PKK ter­ror­ists de­cep­tive

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Politics -

NA­TION­AL­IST Move­ment Party (MHP) Chair­man Devlet Bahçeli said on Thurs­day that the U.S.’ of­fer­ing a bounty for three high-rank­ing ex­ec­u­tives of the PKK was a de­cep­tive move to cover up its sup­port for the group’s Syr­ian branch.

“It is the U.S. that knows the ad­dresses and co­or­di­nates of these three ter­ror­ists. If they want, they will find them very eas­ily,” Bahçeli wrote in a tweet, re­fer­ring to Washington of­fer­ing up to $12 mil­lion in re­ward for 3 se­nior PKK ter­ror­ists: Murat Karayılan, Doğan Kalkan and Cemil Bayık.

“Along our south­ern bor­ders if they think they would found so-called Kur­dis­tan [Greater Is­rael], Turkey and the Turkish na­tion will never rat­ify and give per­mis­sion to this in­fi­delity,” Bahçeli con­tin­ued.

Stress­ing that to ac­com­plish its strate­gic pur­poses, the U.S. some­times squares the cir­cle to be­come the global ar­bi­tra­tor, the global ruler and even the global em­peror, Bahçeli added that to man­age the in­sta­bil­ity that has in­flamed con­flicts to grind dis­putes and then deaden them, the U.S. di­rects the con­flict and the field with all means and abil­ity.

The U.S. Depart­ment of State’s Re­wards for Jus­tice Pro­gram has au­tho­rized up to $12 mil­lion in re­wards for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion or lo­ca­tion of the three se­nior mem­bers of the PKK ter­ror­ist group, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment made on Tues­day by Deputy As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary of State Matthew Palmer.

Bahçeli un­der­scored that re­la­tions be­tween Turkey and the U.S. have fluc­tu­ated since the San Fran­cisco Con­fer­ence con­ducted in 1945, while he em­pha­sized that the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Turkey and U.S. is char­ac­ter­ized as an al­liance.

How­ever, he claimed that in re­al­ity the prob­lems are never mod­er­ated, as Turkey is al­ways dis­ap­pointed be­cause of the deep be­lief that Turkey and U.S. are friends in strate­gic and model part­ner­ships.

“Af­ter that, the im­por­tant thing is how the United States es­tab­lishes its re­la­tion­ships with Turkey. We will fol­low this in a sta­ble man­ner. They put a price on the head of PKK mem­bers. Nev­er­the­less, the U.S. is con­ver­sant with the ad­dresses and co­or­di­nates of these three ter­ror­ists. If they want to find them, they will find them eas­ily. The pur­pose of the U.S. is dif­fer­ent, the sce­nario is dif­fer­ent. A new ac­ro­bat­ics game is on stage. As they see it, they will get the YPG [Peo­ple’s Pro­tec­tion Units] to tag the PKK. They know very well that the PKK is the YPG. Even the PKK is [Gülenist Ter­ror Group] FETÖ and FETÖ is the YPG. Let the U.S. put a price on the heads of PKK mem­bers, but it doesn’t cast off our fight against ter­ror­ism,” Bahçeli ex­plained.

Mean­while, as U.S. Spe­cial Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Syria James Jef­frey said Wed­nes­day, the U.S. does not rec­og­nize the PKK’s Syr­ian af­fil­i­ate, the YPG, as a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion.

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