S&D Fact-finding delegation : Immediate ceasefire needed in south-east Turkey


A visit serving PKK’s perception management operation

The PKK must lay down its arms immediately and exert its influence to ensure the youth militias in the cities do the same. The return to violence is causing the deaths of many innocent Kurds and Turks, and has pushed the country to the brink of a civil war.

The PKK must lay down its arms immediately and exert its influence to ensure the youth militias in the cities do the same. The return to violence is causing the deaths of many innocent Kurds and Turks, and has pushed the country to the brink of a civil war.

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A fact-finding delegation from the Socialists and Democrats Group (S&Ds) in the European Parliament visited Diyarbakir in the south east of Turkey on Friday (19 February), two days after the Ankara terrorist attack. The S&D delegation was led by S&D Group vice-president Knut Fleckenstein MEP and included Kati Piri MEP, the European Parliament’s lead negotiator on Turkey, and Richard Howitt MEP, the S&D Group’s co-ordinator for foreign affairs and member of the EU-Turkey joint parliamentary committee. The S&D Group MEPs were also joined by a five-member delegation from the Party of European Socialists (PES) led by PES vice-president Jan Royall.

S&D vice-president for foreign affairs, neighbourhood policy and enlargement, Knut Fleckenstein MEP, said:

“On behalf of the S&D Group I would firstly like to extend my condolences to the families of the victims killed in the Ankara terrorist attack and elsewhere, and wish a speedy recovery to those injured. We agree strongly with the approach of Selahattin Demirtaş, the leader of the HDP, pushing for a peaceful solution to the conflict.

“Secondly, I want to underline that an immediate ceasefire is needed between the Turkish security forces and the PKK to avoid further innocent victims among those trapped in the warzone who have no part in the fighting. I would also like to extend our condolences to the families of those victims we met during our visit. Once a ceasefire is agreed, both sides must come back to the negotiating table.”

S&D MEP and the European Parliament’s rapporteur on Turkey , Kati Piri, said:

“The PKK must lay down its arms immediately and exert its influence to ensure the youth militias in the cities do the same. The return to violence is causing the deaths of many innocent Kurds and Turks, and has pushed the country to the brink of a civil war.

“While conducting security operations, the Turkish armed forces must adhere to human rights standards and refrain from collective punishment against the local population in south-east Turkey. The massacre that took place in Cizre must be thoroughly investigated and prevented from ever happening again. In this regard, I very much welcome that the governor of Diyarbakir allowed six civilians to safely leave the zones under curfew. We hope this action will be repeated for many more of the people, including babies, who are still trapped inside.
“It is crucial that a ceasefire is agreed upon and the peace talks resumed. There is no military solution to the Kurdish question.”

MEP, S&D Group foreign affairs co-ordinator and member of the EU-Turkey joint parliamentary committee,
Richard Howitt added:

“To overcome the huge mistrust and lack of communication between local Kurdish politicians and the Turkish government, we pressed for an agreement for the Red Crescent or a similar independent humanitarian agency to be brought in to monitor and accompany the evacuation of civilians from the conflict zone.

“If local ceasefires have been possible in Syria to enable humanitarian access, then it must be possible to achieve this in south-east Turkey too.”

European Parliament’s Rapporteur for Turkey Ms. Kati Piri MEP lost her neutrality about Turkey’s issues.

We cannot accept or tolerate any understanding that describes the terrorist attacks in Turkey, which claim lives of our citizens on a daily basis, as civil war; while condemning terrorism and sharing the grief only when it takes place in an EU country.

Should Rapporteur Ms. Piri, who does not describe PKK as a terrorist organisation while PKK is on EU’s official list of terrorist organisations, insists on this approach of hers, it will be highly difficult for her to find counterparts to talk in Turkey other than the organisations she visited in Diyarbakır.

European Parliament’s (EP) rapporteur for Turkey Ms. Kati Piri MEP (S&D) and a delegation of some other members of the EP visited Diyarbakır last week.

EP Rapporteur for Turkey Ms. Kati Piri published a text on her own website after her visit. PKK, which EU officially considers a terrorist organisation, is not described in any part of this text as a terrorist organisation. However, Rapporteur Ms. Piri alleges that the Turkish army keeps the civilian habitations under continous fire. Also, no mention of terrorist attacks or the fight aganist terror in the region in this text, but what is going on is described as a civil war.

It is meaningful that this delegation did not feel the need to visit Ankara, but went directly to Diyarbakır where intensive fight against terrorist organisation PKK is in progress and also met with organisations overtly supporting PKK terrorist organisation.

It is also interesting that Rapporteur Ms. Piri, who served very well to PKK’s perception management operation by her visit to Diyarbakır, does not mention in her text at all the severage systems and basements transformed into arsenals by the PKK, the continous attacks on our security personnel, the damage caused by PKK to towns in order to declare so called autonomy in the region or the thousands of real civilians without arms who had to leave their homes because of PKK’s attacks on schools, hospitals and even ambulances. It should be noted that, some western European countries even suspended certain articles of European Convention of Human Rights in the face of much less terrorist threat compared to what I have listed above.

Spending a whole day with supporters of PKK, after the funeral of the 28 fellow citizens massacred by a terrorist attack in Ankara and on a day when 7 soldiers were killed by PKK in Sur, is disrespectful to Turkey’s grief as well as to the lives we lost.

It is obvious that Rapporteur Ms. Piri, whose Resolution on Turkey was returned to the EP last year as it described the 1915 events as “genocide”, cannot comprehend the most vital issue of Turkey and also lost her neutrality about Turkey’s issues.

We leave it to the consideration of our friends in the EU to judge how healthy a report could be when prepared by a rapporteur who is so far away from understanding Turkey and acting in such a biased manner.

We cannot accept or tolerate any understanding that describes the terrorist attacks in Turkey, which claim lives of our citizens on a daily basis, as civil war; while condemning terrorism and sharing the grief only when it takes place in an EU country.

Should Rapporteur Ms. Piri insists on this approach of hers, it will be highly difficult for her to find counterparts to talk in Turkey other than the organisations she visited in Diyarbakır.

Hosting more than 2,6 million Syrians irrespective of their religion, ethnic origin or qualifications, a figure more than the population of many EU countries, Turkey displays the strongest humanitarian stance. Criticising Turkey for being harsh on PKK terrorist organisation, which claims dozens of lives everyday, despite Turkey’s track record of this humanitarian approach that I described, cannot be explained by good will, humanitarian values or political correctness.

It is our right to fight against this terrorist organisation, which takes our lives everyday, leaves children without parents or parents without children or splits couples by their heinous massacres, with the harshest way possible within the limits of the rule of law. This fight will continue until the bloody handed terrorists lay down their arms for good.

We will not forget who supports us in this fight of vital importance for Turkey as well as who stands by the PKK terrorist organisation.

Statement by Minister for European Union Affairs and Chief Negotiator Ambassador Volkan Bozkır on European Parliament’s Rapporteur for Turkey Ms. Kati Piri MEP

Türkiye Raportörü Kati Piri, Türkiye’nin meseleleri hakkında tarafsızlığını yitirmiştir. Türkiye Raportörü Kati Piri, Türkiye’nin meseleleri hakkında tarafsızlığını yitirmiştir.

AB ülkelerinde bir terör eylemi olduğunda acıları paylaşan ve terörü kınayan, ancak Türkiye’de her gün terörist saldırılarla canlarımız giderken bunu iç savaş gibi göstermeye çalışan hiçbir anlayışı kabul etmemiz, hoş görmemiz mümkün değildir.

Avrupa Birliği’nin resmen terör örgütü olarak tanımladığı PKK’ya terör örgütü demeyen Türkiye Raportörü Kati Piri’nin bu yaklaşımında ısrarcı olması halinde, Türkiye’de kendine bundan sonra Diyarbakır’da ziyaret ettiği örgütler dışında muhatap bulması da çok zor olacaktır.

Avrupa Parlamentosu Türkiye Raportörü Kati Piri ve beraberinde yine AP üyelerinden oluşan bir heyet geçtiğimiz hafta Diyarbakır’ı ziyaret etmiştir.

Kati Piri, ziyaretinin ardından kendine ait web sitesinde bir metin yayımlamıştır. Bu metnin tek bir yerinde bile, Avrupa Birliği’nin resmen terör örgütü olarak tanımladığı PKK’ya terör örgütü denilmemektedir. Türk askerinin kesintisiz olarak sivillerin yaşadığı yerleri ateş altında tuttuğu iddia edilmektedir. Bölgedeki terör eylemlerinden ve yürütülen terörle mücadeleden bahsedilmezken, bütün yaşananlar iç savaş olarak tanımlanmaktadır.

Bu heyetin, Ankara’ya uğrama ihtiyacı duymadan doğrudan Diyarbakır’da terör örgütü PKK ile mücadelemizin en yoğun olduğu yerlere gitmesi, PKK terör örgütünü açıkça destekleyen örgütlerle görüşmelerde bulunması manidardır.

Bu ziyaretiyle PKK’nın algı yönetimi operasyonuna hizmet eden Kati Piri’nin, gittiği yerlerde PKK’nın kanalizasyonları, evlerin bodrum katlarını cephaneliğe çevirmesinden, güvenlik güçlerimize sürekli saldırı düzenlemesinden, bölgede sözde otonom yapılar kurmak için şehirleri yakıp yıkmasından, okullara, hastanelere, ve hatta ambulanslara saldırılarıyla masum sivilleri evlerini terketmek zorunda bırakmasından hiç bahsetmemesi de ilginçtir. Ülkemizin durumuyla karşılaştırıldığında, bu saydıklarımdan çok daha az terör tehdidine maruz kalan bazı batı Avrupa ülkeleri Avrupa İnsan Hakları Sözleşmesinin belirli maddelerinin uygulanmasını dahi askıya almaktadır.

Kati Piri’nin ve beraberindeki heyetin, Ankara’daki terörist saldırıda 28 vatandaşımızın katledilmesinden hemen sonra cenaze töreninin ertesi günü, Sur’da 7 şehit verdiğimiz günü PKK destekçileriyle geçirmesi Türkiye’nin acısına ve can kayıplarına saygısızlıktır.

Geçtiğimiz yıl, Avrupa Parlamentosu’nun Türkiye Kararında 1915 olayları “soykırım” olarak nitelendirildiği için raporu iade edilen ve Türkiye’nin bugün karşı karşıya olduğu en hayati meseleyi dahi anlayamamış olduğu aşikar olan Türkiye Raportörü Kati Piri, Türkiye’nin meseleleri hakkında tarafsızlığını yitirmiştir.

Türkiye’yi anlamaktan uzak olan ve bu derece tarafgir davranan bir raportörün Türkiye hakkında hazırladığı ve Avrupa Parlamentosunda görüşülmeye başlanmış raporun ne kadar sağlıklı olabileceğini AB’deki dostlarımızın takdirlerine bırakıyoruz.

AB ülkelerinde bir terör eylemi olduğunda acıları paylaşan ve terörü kınayan, ancak Türkiye’de her gün terörist saldırılarla canlarımız giderken bunu iç savaş gibi göstermeye çalışan hiçbir anlayışı kabul etmemiz, hoş görmemiz mümkün değildir.

Bu yaklaşımında ısrarcı olması halinde Türkiye Raportörü Kati Piri’nin Türkiye’de kendine bundan sonra Diyarbakır’da ziyaret ettiği örgütler dışında muhatap bulması da çok zor olacaktır.

Birçok AB ülkesinin nüfusundan daha çok sayıda 2,6 milyon Suriyeliye dinine, etnik kökenine ve niteliklerine bakmadan kapılarını açan Türkiye en kuvvetli insani duruşu sergilemektedir. İnsani duruş konusunda sicili temiz olan Türkiye’yi, her gün onlarca can alan terör örgütüne sert davranıyor diye eleştirmenin iyi niyetle, insani değerlerlerle, siyasi doğruculukla izahı mümkün değildir.

Hergün canlarımızı alan, çocukları babasız, insanları evlatsız, eşsiz bırakan bu terör örgütüyle hukukun üstünlüğü çerçevesinde en sert şekilde mücadele hakkımızdır ve eli kanlı teröristler silahlarını kesin olarak bırakana kadar devam edecektir. Bu hayati mücadelemizde yanımızda olanları da, PKK terör örgütünün yanında saf tutanları da unutmayacağız.

Avrupa Birliği Bakanı ve Başmüzakereci Büyükelçi Volkan Bozkır ’ın Avrupa Parlamentosu Türkiye Raportörü Kati Piri Hakkındaki Açıklaması

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