Erdogan vows no let-up in fight against Kurdish rebels
“Let me put it clearly, the operations will continue,” he said in a televised speech in Ankara as Turkey presses on with air strikes on PKK targets in the country’s southeast and in northern Iraq.
“We will never stop in the face of all these attacks. We will continue to fight with determination,” he added.
Erdogan vowed “no concessions” in the fight against “terror”, saying: “A state subjected to an armed attack has the right to defend yourselves with arms.”
According to an AFP toll, 29 members of the security forces have been killed in violence linked to the PKK since the current crisis began.
Erdogan called on the PKK, which is blacklisted as a terrorist organisation by Ankara and much of the international community, to law down arms and bury them “under concrete.”
Until it did so, the Turkish state would continue its offensive, he said.
“The most important task of a state is to protect lives.”
The spike in unrest between Turkey and Kurdish rebels has left a 2013 truce in tatters.
“We extended our hand but they responded with arms,” Erdogan said, referring to the Kurdish militants, reaffirming his verdict that the peace process was now “on ice.”
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