Saturday, June 24, 2017

Turkey won’t allow establishment of a state in northern Syria

Turkey will “never” allow the establishment of a state in northern Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, while criticizing the United States for cooperating with the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG).
“In our south, in northern Syria the PYD and YPG are trying to do things. You should know that regardless of those standing with or behind you, Turkey, with its armed forces and all its capabilities, won’t allow the establishment of a state in northern Syria,” Erdoğan said during a speech in the Akçakale district of the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa on June 23, as he added that Ankara conveyed the issue to Washington, which arms the YPG in order for the group to use the weapon in its fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Turkey has repeatedly asked the U.S. to cut its ties with the YPG, which it says is an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Turkey considers the YPG as a terrorist group.

The U.S. and the European Union consider the PKK a terrorist group, but not the YPG.

“We told this issue to the U.S. and other countries. We said, ‘Please, never allow such a thing [establishment of a state] to happen. If you do so, the struggle there would be different and you would be mentioned with terror states.’ We will continue our struggle regarding this issue,” Erdoğan also said.

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