Turkey asks for internaitonal, EU support in anti-PKK fight
Turkey has urged the international community, particularly the European Union and neighboring countries, to give more support in its fight against the terrorist PKK following deadly attacks yesterday that killed at least 24 troops. EU Minister Egemen Bagis summoned yesterday Marc Pierini, the bloc's ambassador to Turkey, to express Ankara's demands. At the same time, Kurdistan Regional Government head Masoud Barzani called Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to condemn the attack, which he said targeted Turkish-Kurdish brotherhood. "Those who are trying to create gray zones in this struggle against the PKK are, intentionally or unintentionally, supporting this murderous organization," Bagis told reporters after the meeting. "I also want to call on those who approach this murderous organization as a matter of human rights. There is no right more valuable than that of the right to life." He added Turkey was expecting concrete steps from its European friends. Pierini said the EU stood shoulder to shoulder with Turkey in its fight against terrorism, adding that nothing could legitimatize such a brutal attack.