Turkey will fight to 'eliminate' terrorism, PM says


Ahmet Davutoglu says government will take ‘necessary measures’ against enemies of peace

ANKARA – Security operations against the PKK terrorists will continue until all armed groups in Turkey are “eliminated”, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Wednesday.

“The operations will continue with determination until all the armed powers are eliminated other than the legitimate armed forces in Turkey,” he said in an interview with private broadcaster NTV.

He added: “If anyone participates in an act to destroy the peace of the country, we will not refrain from taking necessary measures.”

The prime minister called on residents living in Turkey’s Kurdish-majority provinces in the east and southeast to support democracy by standing against the PKK.

He addressed the Justice and Development (AK) Party’s relationship with the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), which holds cabinet posts in Turkey’s interim government under Davutoglu.

“Our enemy is the terrorist organization,” he said. “Whether HDP becomes an enemy or a competitor is related to the reaction it gives or does not give against the terrorist organization.”

“The HDP is our competitor if it acts as a political party. If it legitimizes the terrorist organization, if it supports it and stands behind it, then it becomes the enemy of the nation.”

Turkey is due to hold a rerun of June’s general election on Nov. 1.