Erdogan Gives PKK Ultimatum, Surrender Or be “neutralized”

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his party members at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011. Erdogan said for the first time that Syria's president must step down over the country's brutal crackdown on dissent, ratcheting up the pressure on the increasingly isolated Bashar Assad. In his harshest words yet, Ergodan reminded Assad of the bloody end of the Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, as well as past dictators, including Adolf Hitler.(ddp images/AP Photo)Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared on Monday that he will not have any further peace talks with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), saying that they either have to surrender to the state and lay down their arms or be “neutralized.”

He made these remarks while giving a speech in the Turkish capital Ankara which was broadcast by the Turkish state-owned TRT channel.

Turkey and the PKK are once again mired in a war in southeast Turkey following the collapse of a fragile two-and-a-half-year ceasefire last July.

Since that time thousands of PKK fighters and approximately 400 Turkish police, security and military personnel have been killed in clashes. Hundreds of civilians are also estimated to have been killed in the crossfire.