EU calls on Turkey to pursue truce with Kurdish PKK
High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini had a phone call with the Foreign Minister of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, during which she underlined the fundamental importance of keeping the settlement process with Kurdish people alive and on track, German news broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported.
The European Union’s top diplomat also voiced support for Turkey’s ongoing operations against the ISIS in Syria and any other form of terrorism, while noting that "any action taken should avoid the risk of endangering the ceasefire and the Kurdish peace process," according to the statement.
German Federal Ministry of Defence Ursula von der Leyen stated that she supports Turkey's right to defend itself against the Islamic state, but called on Turkey not to deviate from the path toward reconciliation with the Kurds.
As earlier reported, Turkey launched airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria and Kurdish militants in northern Iraq. In addition, more than 200 people were detained as part of a large-scale anti-terrorist operation in the country.