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Middle East

Turkey warns it will not allow Kurdish forces to ‘cross red lines’ in Syria

By Rudaw 22/6/2015
 Syrians fleeing fighting in nearby Tal Abyad gather at the Akcakale border crossing to Turkey on June 14. AFP photo.
Syrians fleeing fighting in nearby Tal Abyad gather at the Akcakale border crossing to Turkey on June 14. AFP photo.

ISTANBUL, Turkey – Turkey has reacted angrily at Kurdish forces evicting the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) group from the ethnically Kurdish Syrian town of Gire Sipi (Tal Abyad), saying Ankara will not tolerate demographic changes in the war-torn country.

The Hurriyet Daily reported Monday that Ankara had warned “it will not allow the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which has links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and which captured the border town Tal Abyad from ISIL last week, to cross Turkey’s red lines in Syria.”

“The PYD has been informed at the highest level about Turkey’s conditions,” the newspaper quoted a foreign ministry document as saying. “It has been told not to collaborate with the Bashar al-Assad regime and not violate Syria’s territorial integrity,” said the document, which Hurriyet reported had been approved by the Turkish president, prime minister and armed forces.

“The demographic structure of the region cannot be changed through a fait accompli,” Ankara warned, referring to the liberation of Tal Abyad and the autonomy declared by the PYD over Syria’s Kurdish regions.

It accused the PYD of forcing out Turkmens and Arabs in the region and replacing them with Kurds, and warned that Ankara had conveyed its objections to the United States, the United Nations and the UN Security Council.

One week ago, the PYD’s armed wing, together with Arab allies, took full control of Gire Sipi, which lies on the Turkish border. The victory cut off a vital supply line to ISIS’ self-proclaimed capital, Raqqa.

Since then, Turkey’s pro-government media have upped a media campaign that accuses PYD of being “more dangerous” than ISIS.

Meanwhile, in an interview with CNN Turk aired on Sunday, PYD leader Salih Muslim strongly denied accusations of “ethnic cleansing” against Turkmens and Arabs or capturing Gire Sipi with the intention of opening a “Kurdish corridor” in Syria. 



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Guest from Tx | 22/6/2015
To me it seems Turkey and ISIS have a hidden agenda, partners in crime..and afraid of the Kurds, especially with victories over Turkey's thugs (ISIS) along their borders....hope for much success for the brave and relentless Kurds...
Norway | 22/6/2015
What is wrong with Turkey?! If they can live at peace with South Kurdistan they can have a secure border with a stable multi ethnic West Kurdistan. It is in their own interest to work with the Kurds and their allies.
Muraz Adzhoev | 22/6/2015
Ethnic cleansing has been the instrumental measure of criminal internal nationalistic policies against the Kurdish people in Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran for decades. Now the Kurdish people is going to fight for freedom by all means forcefully and/or peacefully, due to or despite of circumstances and conditions. This is the Kurdish people's national libaration war against regimes and terrorism. The only legitimate political force that could be authorized and accepted by the Kurdish people to lead and coordinate this war is the president of the Kurdistan autonomous region, commander-in chief of the Peshmerga army of Southern Kurdistan. All political parties of Greater Kurdistan should cooperate with the world-widely recognized sovereign institutions of power of the KAR, which is responsible for Southern Kurdistan's independent statehood be established now. So Turkey would better start urgent negotiations with the KAR on all aspects of the general Kurdish issue to find out all necessary affordable compromises and conclude agreements in favor of the rights of the people of Southern Kurdistan, Western Kurdistan and Northern Kurdistan. HDP in Turkey is not demonstrating true willingness and readyness to constructive talks with AKP to form a new coalition government and take its share of political responsibilities for reforms and the peace process. PYD in Syria reasonably has not been supported by the majority of the people in Western Kurdistan. HDP, PYD and PKK do not wish to cooperate within a national political framework under the leadership of the KAR's president. This at least too wrong and absolutely unacceptable in terms of the interests and the rights of the Kurdish people.
goondoo | 22/6/2015
Turkey = isis. 100% proven.
yoyo | 22/6/2015
Dont spread What the turks are saying. Spread what the kurds are saying

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