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World silent after latest PKK killings says Turkish FM

World Silent After Latest PKK Killings: Turkish FM

ANKARA – Terrorism remains one of the world’s greatest threats to human life, and recently the PKK terrorist organization murdered 13 innocent lives in northern Iraq, the world is again silent, Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs , Mevlut Cavusoglu, said on Monday.
“Without international solidarity and with the current double standards, we cannot eradicate this threat,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said at the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council.
“Having lost innocent lives to various terrorist groups including the PKK, YPG, Daesh and FETO, we know well that terrorism has no specific ideology,” he said as one of the high-level speakers this week at the meeting held on February 22-23 March.
Cavusoglu said xenophobia, racism, Islamophobia and hate speech were on the rise around the world and the Covid-19 pandemic was further accentuating these dangerous trends.
The publications and hate speech against Islam insult nearly 2 billion Muslims worldwide, he added.
Regarding the fight against the pandemic, he said: “We will pay attention to the needs of vulnerable groups, including women, children, the elderly, migrants, refugees and people deprived of their liberty.”
“Equitable and affordable access to vaccines, drugs and medical equipment is essential. These are the principles that underpin our global relief efforts and our provision of free health care to all.
He noted that Turkey was providing free treatment and vaccination against Covid-19 to everyone, including migrants and refugees, saying the country was helping 157 countries and 12 international organizations in their efforts against the pandemic.
“In Syria, people continue to suffer from the regime’s ongoing military offenses and terrorist attacks,” Cavusoglu said.
“We are directly contributing to the safety and well-being of 5 million civilians in northern Syria,” he added.
“Turkey is the only corridor for cross-border humanitarian aid to Syria, and even this corridor is under attack. It is essential to maintain this aid.”
Referring to the Syrians under temporary protection in Turkey, he said: “As the largest refugee host country in the world, we respect our international obligations, as well as the human rights and dignity of the people we welcome”.
The foreign minister said that Israel continued to act with “absolute impunity” in the occupied Palestinian territories and that the “inhuman blockade” of Gaza and “the expansion of illegal settlements by Israel remained a violation of human rights”.
Turkey supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea, and will continue to support the aspirations of the Crimean Tartars “to live freely and safely in their historic homeland,” Cavusoglu also noted.
He added, “Turkey is closely monitoring the human rights situation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The findings of the UN and other international reports are worrying.
“We share our concerns and our expectations in this matter with the Chinese authorities. We expect transparency on this matter while respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China.”
“We continue to monitor developments regarding the possible visit of the High Commissioner’s team to the region, and at the invitation of China, we will also send our own national team to visit the region,” the Minister of Affairs said.

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