High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini, had this afternoon a phone call with the Foreign Minister of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.
The High Representative offered EU condolences to the Turkish government and the families of the victims in Suruç and of other recent attacks against police and military officers. She reaffirmed the support for Turkey's efforts to step up on ISIL and to the fight against any form of terrorism.
At the same time, Federica Mogherini underlined the fundamental importance of keeping the settlement process with Kurdish people alive and on track. Terrorist groups must not spoil the process and the ceasefire must be preserved. Any action taken should avoid the risk of endangering the ceasefire and the Kurdish peace process that remains the best opportunity in a generation to solve a conflict that has claimed far too many lives.
The Turkish government has shown in recent years courage, firm intention and wisdom in bringing forward a political process that is the only means of reaching a stable solution to the conflict, for the sake of all the Turkish people. The EU will keep supporting the government on this path.