Review by Christos T. Panagopoulos
Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, lashed out at those who had estimated that last week’s Lice scuffle in Turkey’s southeastern province Diyarbakir was a random event, saying that the incident was indirectly related to illicit hashish trade.
According to the Anadolu News Agency, Mr. Erdogan cleared that every discussion about peace and solution is out of the question, as long as terrorists’ actions continue to mingle in in Lice town of Turkey’s southeastern province Diyarbakir. “Let’s silence the weapons, then we can discuss our views towards a solution.”, he said.
Last Wednesday, Turkish security forces launched a wide range air supported anti-illicit drugs operation in Lice town of Turkey’s southeastern province Diyarbakir with the aim of annihilating cannabis sativa plants discovered in Lice. Following the operation, a scuffle took place in Lice between gendarmerie and a group that attacked the construction site of a military outpost which started a few months ago to expand the military post as part of the efforts to counter-narcotic efforts against illicit drug trafficking in southeastern Turkey. Turkish Interior Ministry stated that one person was killed and nine people were injured as a result of the incident.