Erdogan calls on world to join forces against terrorism
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday reiterated criticism of some European countries, saying they still directly or indirectly support terrorist groups, and called on countries around the world to join forces against terrorism. Erdogan's remarks were made to the first day of the 24th International Project Management Association (IPMA) World Congress in Istanbul, and came one day after a suicide bombing in Istanbul which injured 32. "On the occasion of this international gathering, I would like to once again appeal to the world," he said. "As much as they target Turkey and the Turkish people, the terrorist attacks against Turkey are attacks on the common values of humanity. The main goal of terrorism is to undermine the atmosphere of tolerance and the culture of coexistence. That's why we demand genuine support against terrorism from the countries of the world. We want New York, London, Madrid and other capitals to see terrorism as a crime against humanity as much as we do." The European Union, as well as the US and Turkey, classify the PKK ass a terrorist organization, but Ankara complains some member states have failed to take enough measures to curb its activities. "Even today, some associations, foundations or so-called media outlets, whose ties with the terrorist organization have been proven, are operating freely," Erdogan continued. "Despite the warnings and documentation we have sent to various European countries, they are still not refraining from giving direct or indirect support to terrorism. Let me say openly that countries who tolerate terrorist groups also will see unfortunate incidents from time to time. And I would like to repeat that the target of terror is not Turkey, but humanity. So I think it is vital for all countries to condemn terrorism and combat it together."