Erdogan: Kurd MPs must call PKK 'terrorists'

Turkish PM Erdogan said Thursday pro-Kurdish party asked for an appointment from him, "I will have a meeting with DTP as the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey when they declare PKK as terrorist organization."

Erdogan: Kurd MPs must call PKK 'terrorists'
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday Democratic Society Party (DTP) asked for an appointment from him, "I will have a meeting with DTP as the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey when they declare PKK as terrorist organization," he noted.

Erdogan and Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of Saint Vincent and Grenadines responded to the questions of reporters at a joint press conference following their tete-a-tete meeting.

Asked if DTP asked for an appointment from him, Erdogan said, "yes, they asked for an appointment. I have assigned the Justice & Development Party (AK) Party acting group chairman and deputy prime minister to meet Mr. Turk and Ms. Tugluk. You know I have sensitivities towards this matter from the very beginning."

"A political party under the roof of the parliament does not announce it (PKK) as a terrorist organization. I can not accept this," Erdogan remarked.

Support for İzmir's Expo bid

Also, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday he asked Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of Saint Vincent and Grenadines to support Turkey's non-permanent membership to UN Security Council in 2009-2010 as well as Turkish western province of Izmir's bid to host Expo 2015.

Erdogan noted that the visit of Gonsalves will boost Turkey's relations with Caribbean countries.

Turkey declared 2006 as Latin America and Caribbean year, Erdogan said and stated that population of Latin America and the Caribbean is 550 million, and its gross domestic product is three trillion USD, while its trade volume is 1.3 trillion USD. He added that the importance of the region in the world is increasing.

Erdogan noted that Turkey's initiative to enter Latin American and Caribbean markets started when Justice & Development (AK) Party came to the power.

Erdogan said they have prepared an action plan to develop relations with the region, and before AK Party rule Turkey's foreign trade with the region was nearly one billion USD; and now this figure reached 4.5 billion USD.

Erdogan said they want to set up a cooperation forum between Turkey and the Caribbean.

Erdogan said he invited Gonsalves to the 2nd summit of Alliance of Civilizations which will take place in Istanbul.

He added that they also discussed tourism and education issues.


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