Sunday, January 15, 2017

Turkish FM Cavusoglu: ISIS should be invited to Syria peace talks if Kurdish PYD are

Turkey has expressed its anger with the US suggestion that the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) be invited to Syria peace talks as Ankara recognizes it as the Syrian wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) which is listed as a terrorist group in the country.

Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu said that “the US should invite the terrorist group Daesh (ISIS), too” if the PYD are invited.

“If you invite a terrorist group, then you should also invite Al-Nusra, Daesh. This is nonsense,” Cavusoglu said, adding that Washington must end its cooperation with terrorist groups.

“We clearly say that all weapons supplied by the U.S. to the PYD ended up in PKK hands,” the minister added.

When asked explicitly if the PYD should be at the table, US Spokesperson Mark Toner said last week that “at some point they [PYD] have to be part of this process.”
  [ Paul Antonopoulos -]

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