PKK will harm Europe in future warns Turkish Deputy PM

Numan Kurtulmus raises 1986 murder of Olof Palme, says Europeans should know there is no such thing as a 'good' terrorist

PKK will harm Europe in future warns Turkish Deputy PM

World Bulletin / News Desk

Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Wednesday the PKK would harm Europe in the future if it was continued to be indulged by European countries.

"Our European friends should not dismiss that there is no such thing as 'good' terrorist organization," he said.

He added: "The PKK, one day, will harm European politicians if it is further spoiled and supported."

Recalling the 1986 assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme in Stockholm, Kurtulmus described the PKK as a cruel terrorist organization.

Although the murder of Palme remains officially unsolved, many in Europe believe the PKK was involved.

"Palme, who was one of the most democratic, moderate politicians of Europe, was killed by the PKK," Kurtulmus said. "So, we are talking about a terrorist organization which was as cruel to carry out assassinations of European politicians."

In April 2015 Swedish police began to reinvestigate the PKK and South African intelligence agencies over possible links to Palme’s murder.

Palme, a social-democratic politician and frequent critic of U.S. foreign policy, was also a strong opponent of apartheid, raising questions over possible South African involvement in his death. 

The PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- resumed its armed campaign against Turkey in July 2015 and since then has been responsible for the deaths of approximately 1,200 security personnel and civilians, including women and children.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Mart 2017, 12:15