Turkey calls on EU states to cooperate against PKK

Turkey's FM Davutoglu said that Turkey saught solidarity with its allies in its fight against PKK.

Turkey calls on EU states to cooperate against PKK


Turkey's foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Thursday that Turkey saught solidarity with its allies in its fight against PKK, saying the outlawed armed organization had logistic activities in European countries.

At a joint press conference with British Foreign Minister William Hague in London, Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey needed cooperation with Europe to eradicate PKK activities.

Davutoglu said that Turkey and Britain would update a partnership paper for strategic cooperation which was signed in 2007, adding that cooperation in fight against terrorism would have an important place in this paper.

He also said that Turkey and Britain would soon launch studies to open a Turkish-British university in Turkey.

British Minister Hague said in his part that his country attached great importance to its relations with Turkey.

Describing his meeting with Davutoglu as "positive, comprehensive and detailed", Hague said they both underscored the importance of a close cooperation and dialogue during their meeting.

Hague said a new strategic partnership that would boost cooperation between Turkey and Britain in areas such as foreign politics, security, defense and trade would be established soon.

Noting that Turkey had a unique position between the East and the West, the British minister said his country did not believe Turkey would make a choice between the two sides.

Hague also said that his country deemed important Turkey's opinion on Afghanistan, Iran, the Middle East peace process and the West Balkans, adding such issues and the situation in Cyprus had been discussed during today's gathering.

Commenting on Turkey's EU membership process as well, Hague said Britain strongly supported Turkey's EU bid.

Upon a question concerning the cooperation on the fight against terrorism, Hague said the two countries worked closely on the matter, adding his country would continue to extend support to Turkey on such issues.

After the press conference, Davutoglu and Hague attended a luncheon at the Lancaster House close to the Buckingham Palace. The gathering was closed to press.

After holding talks with British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Hague's predecessor David Miliband and attending a conference at the Chatham House, Davutoglu is expected to depart from the British capital later on Thursday.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Temmuz 2010, 10:10