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Turkey PM warns against more violence in southeast

Iran Press TV

Sun Dec 28, 2014 5:3PM GMT

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has warned that the government will take action against any further violence in the southeast.

'We will stand firm...against whoever dares to erode our unity through provocative actions,' Davutoglu said Sunday in a televised speech to his ruling party supporters in the southern province of Hatay.

Davutoglu further said the government has taken and will continue to take "any kind of measure against provocations.'

The Turkish premier said the government would do its best to reach peace with the Kurds.

'God willing, we will lead the [Kurdish] solution process to success under any circumstances,' the premier added.

Turkey launched a peace process with Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in 2012 to end the Kurdish struggle for independence.

The PKK, which has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region in southeastern Turkey since the 1980s, declared a ceasefire with Turkey last March after its jailed leader, Abdullah Ocalan, ordered an end to the armed campaign for autonomy.

Davutoglu further noted that the Turks and Kurds 'are brothers and whoever discriminates is treacherous.'

Deadly skirmishes between the PKK and Huda-Par militant group in the town of Cizre in southeast Turkey on Saturday left two people killed and three others injured.

Cizre, near the Turkish-Syrian border, has seen an escalation in tensions since Friday night, when the Huda-Par militant group assaulted tents belonging to the PKK, a security source said.

Huda-Par has long been antagonistic toward the PKK. Violent street fights occurred between the Huda Par group and the PKK in southeast Turkey in October, when the ISIL terror group was battling Kurdish forces in the mainly Kurdish town of Kobani in Syria.

The Turkish government has not intervened militarily against ISIL terrorists, in a move which has angered the country's Kurdish residents.


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