World Bulletin / News Desk
European Union's top enlargement official, Johannes Hahn, has urged a stop to terror attacks by PKK targeting Turkish security forces as well as an end to calls by the terrorist group for self-governance in the southeast of the country.
Addressing lawmakers at the European Parliament on Wednesday during a session on the "Situation in southeast Turkey", Hahn said that the European Union closely followed the terrorist threats faced by the country including those from ISIL and the PKK.
He said PKK "must stop declaring autonomy in districts in the southeast".
"Resuming talks and negotiations within the peace process is the only way forward," he said. Hahn also urged "an urgent return to the peace process".
"We will continue to reassure Turkey that the EU takes the PKK threat very seriously and that the EU Member States have also acted robustly against the PKK," said Hahn, recalling that PKK is on the EU's list of terrorist organizations since 2002.
The EU commissioner emphasized that stability in the southeast "is important not just for Turkey, from a political, economic and security perspective, but for the EU and the wider region as well."
The PKK -- considered a terrorist organization also by the U.S. and the EU -- resumed its 30-year armed attacks against the Turkish state in late July last year.