Turkey will not allow the establishment of a parallel state such as the one allegedly planned by the Kurdish Communities Union (KCK), Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Istanbul.
“Let me make one thing clear,” the prime minister said. “It is not possible for the Republic of Turkey to allow the existence of a parallel state, such as the KCK. No one should expect our security forces to lay down their arms.”
The KCK is the alleged urban wing of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey and much of the international community.
Terrorist groups are the ones which are supposed to lay down their arms, Erdogan said, adding that things would develop in a positive way if that occurred.
“If this matter is about politics, then the appropriate place to discuss it is the Parliament,” Erdogan said. “If there are rights to be obtained, they will decided upon in the Parliament, Hurriyet” quoted Erdogan as saying.