World Bulletin/News Desk
A session titled "Terror: EU and Turkey perspective" took place at an international symposium on terror held in the southern province of Antalya on Saturday.
Speaking at the session, the Secretary General of Turkey's National Security Council (NSC) Muammer Turker underlined that the balance between security and freedom was highly critical.
"We should not put aside freedom while working on the issue of security," Turker indicated.
"The most important issue in the fight against terror has to do with eradicating the atmosphere in which terror feeds itself," Turker underlined.
"Turkey has taken important steps in this regard," Turker noted.
Touching on the struggle against PKK, Turker underlined that Turkey expected more support from the international community.
Turker has underlined that only 7 terror suspects were extradited to Turkey from Europe in the past 5 years.
Also speaking at the session, EU's Counter-terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove underlined that certain individuals do not get extradited since concrete evidence is not presented other than just arguing that s/he was a member of a certain organization working against the government.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said that "differentiating between terrorists and citizens, destroying terror's base, and eradicating issues that the terror organization abused has been the policy of our government."
Speaking at the symposium, Atalay underlined that they paid special attention to making sure that the officials of democratic government embraced its citizens warmly instead of being the representatives of an authoritarian government.
"Freedom of thought and freedom of expression could be implemented fully. If it involves violence, then it is not a thought any more. It then becomes terror and pressure. We will make the necessary distinction between these concepts in the Fourth Judicial Packet," Atalay stressed.
Touching on the terrorist organization PKK, Atalay stated that PKK was a threat to Europe.
"PKK is a threat to Europe trying to collect money and taking the youth to the mountains. We expect more support and cooperation from European countries in fighting against PKK," Atalay also said.
The symposium is being attended by many European parliamentarians.Last Mod: 16 Şubat 2013, 16:53