Erdogan criticizes world’s ‘negligence’ to terrorism

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slammed the international community’s insufficient reaction against the deadly terror attacks that killed civilians, including women and children, reiterating Ankara’s determination in clearing northern Syria from the PKK/YPG terrorists.

“There are two female teachers and three children out of our eight citizens who lost their lives in recent attacks by terror organizations. If terrorists would have massacred teachers and children in another corner of the world, the reactions would go on nonstop for days, weeks and months,” President Erdoğan told at the event on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Istanbul on Nov. 25.

“But when it happens in Türkiye, apart from symbolic condemnations, no strong reaction is coming from the politicians, civil society and media. Where are the non-governmental organizations of the world?”

Türkiye has been suffering from increasing terror attacks in the past two weeks. A PKK/YPG terrorist blasted a bomb in downtown Istanbul and killed six people, including children. The Turkish military launched a massive aerial campaign against the PKK/YPG positions in northern Iraq and Syria and killed at least 326 terrorists. The YPH later launched missile attacks from northern Syria against the residential areas in the border towns of Türkiye, killing a teacher and a 5-year-old boy.

Some NGOs do not hesitate to pay visits to the PKK headquarters in northern Iraq but they never visit the Diyarbakır Mothers whose kids have either been kidnapped or persuaded by the PKK to join the terrorist organization. “Have you seen any of those NGOs visiting Diyarbakır Mothers?” Erdoğan asked.

Türkiye may not stand idle against the terror organization that kills women and deceives young girls to join the PKK, Erdoğan said. “Likewise, we cannot ignore the associate of this organization at the parliament. They have no words to say on behalf of democracy. We know perfectly who is who and who is doing what.”

The president referred to the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), which has 57 deputies in the 600-seat Turkish parliament. The HDP is indicted for having links to the terror organization by the chief prosecutor, who seeks the closure of the political party. The case is ongoing at the Constitutional Court.