Pro-Kurdish politician threatens Ankara with war in metropolises after April
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULJan 19, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Jan 19, 2016 12:00 am
Turkey may be faced with bloody attacks in metropolises should counterterror operations in the southeast not conclude by the end of April, former deputy and Democratic Society Congress (DTK) Co-Chair Hatip Dicle asserted in an interview.
"If we cannot stop this war by the end of April, we may be faced with a new and more comprehensive wave of violence involving metropolises," Dicle contended, adding that his words should not be interpreted as a threat.
As the government vows to continue operations targeting the PKK's urban branch in several southeastern districts, the PKK is seeking a way out as Qandil and some prominent Kurdish figures call for an end to the operations. Dicle's words come at a time when the government is aiming to give the terrorist organization the heaviest blow it has yet received with 4,000 extra security force members readying to be deployed.
PKK leader Cemil Bayık has recently called on Austria and Germany to put pressure on Ankara to halt its counterterror operations. Bayık had reportedly called on the U.S. to mediate talks with Ankara as well.
Having unilaterally ended a two-year-long cease-fire in July 2015, the PKK terrorist organization now seeks a return to the reconciliation table, which Ankara firmly rules out until all terror elements leave the country for good.
The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), which is considered the political wing of the PKK by PKK leader Bayık himself, also threatened Ankara with civil war multiple times. HDP Ankara Deputy Sırrı Süreyya Önder threatened Turkey with war on the grounds of concerns with the security and health of imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan at a press conference in Parliament on Jan. 7. HDP Parliamentary Deputy Speaker Pervin Buldan and Group Deputy Chairman İdris Baluken were also present at the press conference.