Turkish PM: Turkey will not comply with Syrian cease fire if under threat
(MENAFN- The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) The Syrian cease-fire deal does not apply to Turkey if Turkey is under threat Turkish Prime MinisterAhmet Davutolusaid on Feb. 25.
“This [Syrian cease-fire] deal is not binding for us when a party is of threat to Turkey when Turkey’s security is at stake” said Davutolu in Turkey’s Central Anatolian province of Konya on Feb. 25.
Davutolu was referring to the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG) the military wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in northern Syria which Turkey says is an offshoot of the outlawedKurdistan Workers’ Party(PKK).
“For us the YPG is a terror organization just like Deash [the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant - ISIL] and al-Nusra. The deal did not designate the YPG as a terrorist organization. That should have been done. But it should be known that this cease-fire deal is valid for Syria” said Davutolu suggesting that Turkey would not comply with the cease-fire “when it [was] threatened.”
Meanwhile Turkish PresidentRecep Tayyip Erdoanhas said the PYD and the YPG should be excluded from the cessation of hostilities deal in Syria just like ISIL.
“The PYD and the YPG need to be out of the scope of thecease-fire just like Daesh is” Erdoan said during a speech to village headmen inAnkaraon Feb. 24.
Davutolu added that Turkey would not need anyone’s permission to carry out “security measures” when Turkey’s security was at stake.
“When Turkey’s security is at stake Turkey will not get permission from or ask permission from anyone. We will do what is necessary because from that moment onwards it will not be a Syrian issue but an issue for Turkey” said Davutolu.
“Therefore I openly make a call from here: the YPG andPKKelements should not continue their attitude of supporting terror in Turkey by saying ‘There is cease-fire here [in Syria] so Turkey won’t do anything to us’” he added. “The truce is valid for Syria. The only place which will decide on the security measures Turkey will take is Ankara.”
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