US bounty on PKK leaders ‘insincere’ move: Turkish opp.

US bounty on PKK leaders ‘insincere’ move: Turkish opp.

US works in coordination with PKK's Syrian branch YPG in Manbij, opposition lawmaker says

By Muhammet Emin Avundukluoglu

ANKARA (AA) - Turkey's opposition parties on Wednesday described the U.S. decision to put multi-million-dollar bounties on the heads of three key PKK terrorists as an “insincere” move.

"You will walk arm-in-arm with YPG terrorists, you will stand guard with them, you will also try to design Syria with them, then you will set a kind of play here," Engin Ozkoc, CHP's deputy group chairman, told journalists in parliament on Wednesday.

"Turkish foreign policy should not be deceived with this game," he added.

Ozkoc said that Turkey's foreign policy should not be "under the control of the U.S. imperialism, Russia and other powers."

On Tuesday, the U.S. State Department put a bounty on three key PKK terrorists, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara announced.

Under the Rewards for Justice program, people who give information on the identification or location of PKK terrorists Murat Karayilan, Cemil Bayik, and Duran Kalkan are eligible for rewards of $3-5 million.

The announcement followed U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer’s official visit to the capital Ankara.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, it has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people, including women and children.

"[On one hand] the U.S. works in coordination with PKK terrorists in [Syria's] Manbij, [on another it] put bounty on PKK members. I do not see any sincerity here," said Cemal Enginyurt, a senior lawmaker from Turkish opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

Enginyurt described the U.S. move as "new plan or game" against Turkey.

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