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Erdogan: We won’t allow the creation of a state in northern Syria

By Rudaw 27/6/2015
Kurdish YPG forces plant their flag on a hill outside Kobani after expelling ISIS militants from the city. Photo: AFP
Kurdish YPG forces plant their flag on a hill outside Kobani after expelling ISIS militants from the city. Photo: AFP

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Friday evening that Ankara is against the creation of any state in northern Syria and that he will stop such efforts at any cost.

“We will never allow the creation of a state in southeast Turkey and northern Syria and we will pay the price whatever it might be,” said Erdogan at a fast breaking event in Ankara.

“On no account will we allow changing the demography of the region,” he warned.

The Turkish president said that international and divisive forces are aimed at putting Turkey in a corner “and change the ethnic balance in the region,”

Erdogan said that there are efforts to stir tensions in Turkey in the name of supporting Kobani “and bring that fire into Turkey,”

The Turkish president downplayed last year’s destructive fighting in Kobani, saying that “the same thing happened in many Iraqi and Syrian cities,”

In recent weeks Turkey has voiced concern over the rapid advance of Kurdish forces known as the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) against ISIS militants alongside its southern border with Syria.  

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No to Terrorism | 27/6/2015
What he is saying is, that he will never allow freedom and peace. He will rather kill and oppress the Kurdish people than give them their own homeland. This is the language of a fascist state, this the language of a tyrant. The world needs to wake up. And I am sure that Turkey is getting more and more lonely, since no democratic country wants to see a Islamic dictatorship arise near Europe borders. Especially when it is clear that Turkey is supporting terrorist groups. I hope some day Turkey will experience what they have been doing to their minorites like the Armenian genocide, and the Kurdish. Maybe then they will understand how painful it is.
Turkish racist state can be defeated. | 27/6/2015
Turkish racist state is threatening and preparing the Turkish public for an invasion of the Rojava because they know that their ISIS allies eventually will be defeated in Rojava by the peoples's resistance.In the end Turkish state is digging a bigger hole for themselves.
Remo K
Remo K | 27/6/2015
Erdogan and his cronies have been profiting from transfer, storage and marketing of Kurdish/Iraqi oil for years. With the emergence of Rojawa Kurdish corridor, an alternative pipeline route to independently market Kurdish oil and deny the Turkish robber barons some fat profits has caused a panic. His excuse about change of demographics did not apply to the ISIL executions, ethnic/faith based cleansing and Assad's forced relocations for years. His attempt to invade Cerablus by force hence cut off Rojawa into two will fail. "We won't make you a Sultan" http://www.zaman.com/_kurt-petrolunun-gizemli-imtiyaz-sirketi-powertrans_2286920.html http://www.zaman.com/_boru-hatlarindan-petrol-calma-vakalari-patladi_2288809.html
Hersh | 27/6/2015
"we will pay the price whatever it might be” and with the same breath he wonders why everybody is pointing their finger at Turkey for the heinous attack that left 162 civilians dead and 200 wounded yesterday.
Remo K
Remo K | 27/6/2015
The West must help Kurds to establish a Kurdish corridor through Northern Syria. Two pipelines with 1.0 million b/d-each, storage and pumping facilities, a tanker load out jetty on the Med can be built within 15-20 months from the get go. OPEC may oppose but consumer nations should support this Kurdish project. Revenue generated through such a project could bring wealth to South Kurdistan, reduce widespread poverty throughout the Western Kurdistan and handsomely reward the producing IOCs.
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