PKK offers help, collaboration to FETÖ members, radio records show

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 03.08.2016 22:37

As the government clamps down on the Gülenist Terror Organization (FETÖ), the PKK has been offering help and cooperation to members of the shadowy group in radio conversations, Batman Governor Ahmet Deniz told Anadolu Agency (AA).

Claiming that he knows who was behind the deadly coup attempt, Deniz said, "There are some parts in PKK radio records in which they offer FETÖ terrorists to ‘embrace one another' and ‘move jointly' in case they decide to flee."

Commenting on radio conversations between members of the PKK and FETÖ, Deniz contended that both terrorist organizations work for one common goal. "Both the PKK and FETÖ are coordinated from the same place as part of the project to get in Turkey's way," he said. He added that the two organizations are supported by some countries as well.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said previously that FETÖ collaborates with the PKK, its Syrian affiliate, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), and DAESH, asserting they are all the same.

"They [FETÖ] are in joint action with the PKK, the PYD and DAESH. The next goal is invasion [of Turkey]. We should see this. If there are citizens setting their hearts on [FETÖ], they should check themselves," he said.

In addition to Erdoğan's claim, opposition National Movement Party (MHP) Chairman Devlet Bahçeli called FETÖ as dangerous as the PKK. "It would be wrong to consider FETÖ and the PKK separate from each other in terms of their purposes," Bahçeli said and claimed the PKK has benefitted from the post-coup problems in Turkey. He also claimed that FETÖ and the PKK have organized simultaneous and coordinated attacks, urging Turkey to recuperate and fight back as soon as possible. "While the Gülenist traitors' [attacks] against our country are still fresh, the PKK's taking up of arms as another enemy of Turkey should also be considered," Bahçeli added.

An indictment says that Gülenist officers in southeastern Turkey provided support to the PKK, especially in the Cizre district of Şırnak, in efforts to halt the reconciliation process. According to claims in the prosecutor's indictment, FETÖ police officers purposely showed up late and were negligent regarding the incident with Yasin Börü, 16, an aid worker who was killed, while he was distributing food to Syrian refugees. He was found after being attacked by a pro-PKK mob in the southeastern city of Diyarbakır.

The indictment claims FETÖ increased its affiliation with the PKK after a previous Gülenists coup attempt on Dec. 17 and began activities through its media outlets to prevent the resumption of the state's reconciliation process with the PKK.

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