UPDATE - Türkiye's AK Party condemns provocations targeting President Erdogan in Sweden
'We expect Sweden to adopt a counterterrorism policy without double standards and a consistent and effective policy against all hate crimes,' says party spokesman
UPDATES WITH REMARKS FROM PRESIDENT’S CHIEF ADVISER
By Mumin Altas
ANKARA (AA) – Türkiye's Justice and Development (AK) Party on Sunday called for an "unbiased" and "consistent" policy against all hate crimes in the fight against terrorism, urging Sweden to avoid "double standards."
Party spokesman Omer Celik said that they strongly condemn the provocation by YPG/PKK sympathizers targeting Türkiye and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Stockholm, and the stance of Swedish authorities who tolerate this incident.
"We expect Sweden to adopt a counterterrorism policy without double standards and a consistent and effective policy against all hate crimes," he said on X, formerly Twitter.
Earlier, supporters of the YPG/PKK terrorist group carried out a provocative act by putting LGBT symbols on the so-called effigy of Erdogan at an LGBT gathering held in Sweden’s capital Stockholm.
Carrying pieces of cloth symbolizing the YPG/PKK terror group, the demonstrators also opposed Sweden’s NATO bid.
Celik emphasized the need for Swedish authorities to fulfill their commitments to support Türkiye against threats to its national security under the 2022 tripartite agreement signed between Türkiye, Sweden and Finland.
"In a genuine rule of law nation, there is no room for terrorist acts or support for terrorism. A state proclaiming its rule of law status cannot yield to terrorism. Sweden's indifferent stance towards anti-Türkiye and anti-Islam factions encourages extremist circles. We anticipate Sweden to adopt an effective and unbiased policy against all hate crimes in the fight against terrorism."
Condemning the provocation, Akif Cagatay Kilic, the Turkish president’s chief adviser, said on Twitter that a country that claims to have a rule of law must demonstrate a strong and resolute stance against terrorism.
"We call on Swedish authorities to fulfill their anti-terrorism commitments," he added.
In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Türkiye, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the US, and EU – has been responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants.
*Writing by Necva Tastan
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