Turkey won’t allow terrorist groups at Syria border

The Turkish foreign minister did not specify what steps Turkey would take to prevent activities by "terrorist" groups along its southeastern border.

Last Updated: Jul 27, 2012, 19:03 PM IST

Ankara: Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Friday that his country would not allow "terrorist" groups like the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) or al Qaeda to establish a presence in Syria near the Turkish border, local Kanal 24 television channel reported.

Davutoglu made the remarks in a live interview with the TV, but did not specify what steps Turkey would take to prevent activities by such groups along its southeastern border.

"We won`t allow the terrorist organisation to locate camps in northern Syria and become an element of threat against our country," Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters on Thursday prior to his departure for the inauguration of the London Olympics.

"Nobody should attempt to threaten us. We won`t be deceived by certain provocations. But, if there will be need for steps against the terrorist organisation, we`ll certainly take that step," Erdogan said in reply to a question if Turkey would issue a Parliament motion authorising the government to send troops abroad as a measure against the PKK threat.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, took up arms in 1984 in an attempt to create an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey. Since then, over 40,000 people have been killed in conflicts involving the group.