Turkey concerns about PKK’s rising violence in Germany


ANKARA, March 12 — Turkey expressed its concern about the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) escalating violence in Germany late on Monday, and urged Berlin to take measures to ensure the safety of Turks.

Turkey is greatly concerned about the PKK recent increasing attacks in Germany, and expects the German authorities to do its utmost to ensure the safety of the Turkish community, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said.

He called on Berlin to “be more sensitive about the safety of its Turkish citizens, and bring terrorists to justice.”

Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned Monday German ambassador to Ankara and sent him a diplomatic note over recent upsurge in PKK violence against Turkish community in Germany.

At least two mosques, one in Berlin and another in the town of Lauffen am Neckar, and a culture association in Germany have been set on fire since Friday, and Turkish embassy in Berlin has been attacked by PKK supporters, local media reported.

The PKK’s youth organization threatened to carry out more violent attacks against Turkish targets in Germany, to protest Turkey’s ongoing military operation in northwestern Syria.

German police said Saturday they had started a probe into the attempted murder of the imam of the mosque after the fire at the mosque near Stuttgart where Molotov cocktails were thrown.

Ankara expects Berlin to catch the perpetrators of recent attacks on Turkish mosques in Germany, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a written statement on Sunday, urging German authorities to take steps to prevent similar attacks in the future.

Turkey has repeatedly blamed Germany for not taking concrete measures against the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States, and the EU.


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