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PACE President condemns Turkey attacks

PACE President Anne Brasseur has strongly condemned this morning’s attacks in Turkey, in Sirnak province and in Istanbul. “Terrorism undermines the very foundations of democratic societies and can never be justified. My thoughts are first and foremost with the victims and their families,” she said.

The President added: “At the same time, I am alarmed by the recent escalation of violence in south-east Turkey. Violence can never bring a solution. During my recent official visit to Turkey, I encouraged all sides to take further measures to resolve remaining tensions and problems in relation to the Kurdish issue. The escalation of violence should not undermine these efforts, and PACE stands ready to provide any support Turkey may require.”