Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday, "Turkey's fight against terror would continue with same determination and sensitivity."
Speaking at a group meeting of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party in the Turkish parliament, Erdogan said that Turkey would not neglect the fight against militants and wouldn't be lazy on this matter.
Erdogan touched on the contacts that his government made in Ankara last week during his speech at the parliament on Tuesday.
"We hosted U.S. National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley and his delegation in Ankara. We discussed Turkish-U.S. relations and regional matters with Mr. Hadley," Erdogan said.
"Within the same week, we received Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Motaki in Ankara. We had talks with Motaki and his delegation. We discussed Iran's nuclear activities. The issue of international discomfort on Iran's nuclear activities came up. We are conducting diplomacy to find a peaceful solution to Iran's nuclear activities. There is no doubt that every country can have peaceful nuclear activities.
We (Turkey) are on the same path. We are taking steps to utilize nuclear energy in Turkey. We have advised Mr. Motaki to take steps to have the international community feel comfortable regarding Iran's nuclear activities. We have informed Motaki that Turkey can assume certain missions between Iran and the international community on the matter of nuclear energy.
As a matter of fact, Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili stopped by Istanbul after meeting European Union (EU) High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana in Geneva. Jalili held a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan that was covered by the media. We conveyed our advice to Iran on starting preliminary negotiations. It is our wish that the process ends successfully," Erdogan said.
Reminding his party ranks about the three German tourists who were abducted by terrorists at Mount Agri, Erdogan said that "the Germans were freed after 13 days and handed over to German security authorities."
"Such acts of the terrorist organization help the westerners see the real face of the organization. The West stands at a distance to what we say about the terrorist organization. I hope that similar incidents urge the westerners to be more sensitive to what we say on terror," Erdogan said.
"Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) showed that it can stage operations against militants under extremely cold weather conditions as well as hot ones," Erdogan noted.
"The fight against PKK would continue with the same determination and sensitivity. It is out of the question to neglect the fight against militants," Erdogan also said.
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