Turkey's friends, including the United States, are failing to do enough to help Ankara in its fight against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), US Ambassador Ross Wilson has said.
Speaking at an iftar dinner hosted by the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON) on Wednesday evening, Wilson condemned attacks this week in the southeastern province of Şırnak that killed 12 people and a blast in the Aegean province of İzmir that killed one person. "They are reminders that none of us is doing enough or working as effectively as we should to combat terrorism. I am saddened that Turkey's allies, including the United States, are not doing, or are not seen as doing, all they should now to counter the PKK," he said.
But he added: "I am determined, and President [George W.] Bush is determined, that we will be more effective in the future with our Turkish allies in preventing terrorism here and elsewhere." He also warned against terrorists' plans to cause divisions among friends. "We must not let terrorists and our other enemies divide us; that is their objective. We must stand together, and we must prevail," he asserted.