Speaking after the cabinet meeting, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş said late Monday that everyone has started to see that Turkey has long been paying a 'heavy price' for the PKK terrorist organization's 'gutter politics'.
Reiterating that the ongoing violence 'has not only been a hefty bill in economic terms', the Deputy PM said that the locals were the ones who suffered the most from the PKK's attacks.
This process must be ended immediately, Kurtulmuş repeated once again. "Digging ditches, doing politics over ditches must stop," he added.
Underlining that Turkey is a democratic country and is governed by a democratic administration which is obliged to ensure the security of its people, the deputy PM said that no democracy would surrender to such 'gutter politics'.
The Turkish government has intensified its counterterror operations following the recent attacks carried out by the PKK, which is recognized as a terrorist organization by the U.S., the EU and Turkey.
Formed in 1978, the terrorist group has been fighting the Turkish government for an independent state until the early 2000's. The group then shifted its goal to autonomy in predominately Kurdish inhabited regions of Turkey.
The PKK announced on July 11 that the cease-fire which was declared via a message from the PKK's imprisoned leader Abdullah Öcalan in 2013 had ended, leading to thousands of people killed.
The Turkish air force has also been launches airstrikes against PKK bases in Iraq.
The conflict between the state and the PKK has been ongoing for more than 30 years and has left more than 40,000 people killed.
Please click to read our informative text prepared pursuant to the Law on the Protection of Personal Data No. 6698 and to get information about the cookies used on our website in accordance with the relevant legislation.
6698 sayılı Kişisel Verilerin Korunması Kanunu uyarınca hazırlanmış aydınlatma metnimizi okumak ve sitemizde ilgili mevzuata uygun olarak kullanılan çerezlerle ilgili bilgi almak için lütfen tıklayınız.