Turkey won’t allow Kurdish state in north Syria: Erdogan

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Saturday, 27 June 2015

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Syrian Kurds of trying to establish a state in the crisis-hit country’s north, saying Ankara will leave no stone unturned to prevent such an establishment near its borders.

Erdogan vowed Friday that Turkey “will never allow the establishment of a state in Syria’s north and our south. We will continue our fight in this regard no matter what it costs,” Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman reported.

The Turkish premier also accused Kurds of having undertaken “the operation to change the demographic structure of the region, stressing, “We will not turn a blind eye to this.”

The paper wrote that Ankara was “uncomfortable” with the gains made by Syrian Kurdish forces against ISIL Takfiris, which has been leading an unrelenting campaign of bloodshed against the minority in the militancy-afflicted Arab country.

Erdogan’s remarks come as Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units, known as the YPG, have taken up arms to defend the northern Syrian border town of Kobani in the face of fresh infiltration by ISIL terrorists in recent days.

Syrian media said Ankara has facilitated the new ISIL infiltration into Kobani. However, Ankara rejected the reports.

In September 2014, ISIL launched an offensive against the Syrian border town of Kobani and nearby Syrian villages. In January, Kurdish forces drove ISIL terrorists out of the town after about 100 days of fighting. Turkey, however, took so long to allow Iraqi Kurds to use its territory to join their fellow fighters while the town was beset by the militancy.

In mid-June, the Kurdish fighters retook control of the northern border town of Tal Abyad , located in the Raqqa Province, the major ISIL stronghold in Syria.

Tal Abyad’s recapture dealt a heavy blow to ISIL terrorists, who used the town near the Turkish border for illegal oil sales, and for smuggling foreign militants into Syria.

Turkey has also been one of the main supporters of the militancy against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, with reports showing that Ankara actively trains and arms militants operating in Syria.

Ankara has long been engaged in a conflict with the Turkish Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish region inside Turkey since the 1980s.

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