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18 April 2014, Friday
 
 
Today's Zaman
 
 
 
 

[CROSS READER]
Outlawed PKK hostile to Turkey’s normalization process

13 August 2008, Wednesday /
Nine Turkish soldiers, including a lieutenant colonel, were killed on Monday when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the Kemah district of the eastern province of Erzincan.
 Two soldiers were wounded in the attack, as well. The heinous attack was condemned by a number of circles, which stressed that the assault showed once again the ugly face of terrorism. Strategy experts said the PKK has been disturbed as Turkey maintains its rational policies and refrains from panicking over terrorist attacks. It is apparent that the terrorist organization is getting irritated as Turkey takes straight steps toward normalization and that it resorts to such bloody attacks to force Turkey into an uproar.

Sabah's Ergun Babahan says the PKK is playing a dangerous game with wild acts that have no chance of helping the terrorist group make any gains. "It is significant that the more determined Turkey looks in approaching normalization, the stronger the PKK's attacks get. They martyred nine of our soldiers with a treacherous ambush on Monday," he writes. Stressing that it is unknown by whom the terrorist organization is being directed, he argues that the most significant raison d'être of the separatist group is to deal a blow to Turkey's normalization and democratization processes. "The PKK is shedding blood to prevent Turkey from pressing ahead on its road to full membership in the European Union, to slow down Turkey's democratization process and to make everyone believe that violence and terrorism are integral parts of Turkish society," he adds, calling on everyone to help Turkey stop this bloodshed. "Those who engage in politics and generate ideas for the region should take action to stop this violence. People in the region will acquire the economic and cultural level for which they have longed for many years once this violence stops," he concludes.

Enis Berberoğlu from Hürriyet points to the hidden powers behind the PKK and suggests that Monday's attack was not an ordinary terrorist act, but was part of an international war that is closely related to Turkey's future and energy security. He argues that the terrorist PKK might be being used by Russia, which wants to take advantage of the ongoing conflict in the Caucasus and deal a blow to the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline. "We witnessed similar examples in which Russia attempted to block the BTC oil pipeline and used the PKK to this end. The so-called spokesperson of a group affiliated with the PKK had threatened Turkey in October 1998 that they would do everything necessary to block this pipeline," he recalls. He explains that Turkey may put Russia out of action with the BTC and offer a safe energy route to Western countries. "To this end, Georgia's territorial integrity and its economic and political stability are of vital importance for Turkey. The BTC oil pipeline can remain open only when Georgia's security is ensured. In this way, Turkey may become an alternative for the West in energy procurement. Now I ask you, has the PKK been spurred into action to spoil Turkey's plans, or has it assumed such a role by itself? We are not sure, indeed, but the important point is that the PKK will be stopped only when the stability in the Caucasus is ensured," he remarks.

 
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