Failing in war against PKK, Turkish gov’t turns to Libya, Greece - PKK official

The government of Turkey has failed in its war against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and is pursuing conflict beyond its borders in oil-rich Libya and with neighbouring Greece, said top PKK official Murat Karayılan.

The regime of Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wants to maintain and consolidate its existence through wars, Kurdish Fırat news agency cited the senior PKK official as saying on Sunday. 

“The Turkish regime is not achieving the desired result by waging war against us, it has extended this plan beyond the country’s borders,’’ Karayılan said. 

Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the Turkish state’s conflict with the outlawed PKK, which has been fighting an insurgency against the Turkish state for four decades. Turkey regularly targets PKK in operations in northern Iraq and on home soil.

“Turkish forces attacked Syria, Iraq and Libya, playing games on the backs of the Arab peoples, and pursuing a policy of persecution,’’ Karayılan said.

Now the Turkish regime is “preparing to provoke a conflict with Greece in the eastern Mediterranean,” he added.

Turkey has stepped up drilling activities off the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, an entity only recognised by Ankara, increasing tensions in the eastern Mediterranean and pushing countries in the region towards open confrontation.

“Turkish fascism tries to remain standing by means of wars and oppression, but this does not work anymore,’’ Karayılan said. “ The Kurdish freedom guerrilla has proved itself dozens of times and proved that it cannot be defeated and will pave the way for victory.”

Turkey’s latest cross-border attack on the PKK, Operation Claw-Tiger, was launched in Jun in various regions of northern Iraq in response to an increase in attacks against Turkish military forces.