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18 April 2014, Friday
 
 
Today's Zaman
 
 
 
 

‘PKK revenues reach 500 mln euros’

DEPUTY CHIEF OF TURKISH GENERAL STAFF GEN. ERGIN SAYGUN SAID THE OUTLAWED KURDISTAN WORKERS’ PARTY EARNS 200-250 MILLION EUROS ANNUALLY FROM DRUG DEALING.
12 March 2008, Wednesday /TODAY’S ZAMAN WITH WIRES
Gen. Ergin Saygun, the deputy chief of the Turkish General Staff, said yesterday the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has a yearly income of 400-500 million euros obtained from drug dealing, human trafficking, smuggling and donations.
Speaking on the second day of an international conference on terrorism organized by the Turkish military at the Centre of Excellence -- Defense against Terrorism (COE-DAT) in Ankara on March 10 and 11, Saygun said: “It is obvious that the PKK is a terrorist organization and, with its mafia-like structure, it is also an organized criminal organization. This fact has been proven by several international reports. The terrorists’ organization obtains its income mainly from drug dealing, in addition to arms smuggling, money laundering, racketeering and other illegal means.”

He said the PKK obtains 200-250 million euros from drug dealing, 100-150 million from its various smuggling activities and 15-20 million from donations.

Saygun indicated that the PKK provides arms not only to its members but also to the terrorists of other organizations. He said this shows how the PKK has become an international criminal organization and that it underlines the need to fight the PKK’s crimes internationally. “The mentality that supports the terrorist organization should not forget that this organization controls 80 percent of the drug dealing in Europe and poisons the European public.”

At the conference Saygun said reports from the UN and other esteemed international organizations indicate that the PKK kidnaps children -- including girls -- in Europe to give them training in arms and ideology.

He complained that even though Turkey has been sensitive to make a distinction among groups and not to label everybody terrorists, some Europeans do not show the same understanding. “Some in Europe wrongly identify everybody of Kurdish origin with the PKK,” he said.

Speaking about the harm caused by terrorist organizations in general, Saygun said: “Terrorist organizations claim they represent ethnic groups or great belief groups. So they carry out their activities in the name of the ideologies of Islam, people’s independence, minority rights, Jihad, democratic rights and freedoms, thereby seeking legitimacy for their activities. We should not fall into this trap.”

 
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