Turkey opposes Kurdish autonomy in Syria

Turkey opposes Kurdish autonomy in Syria
Wed Jul 24, 2013 16:20:56

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has opposed the establishment of an autonomous Syrian Kurdish region, describing the plan as unacceptable.

"As we have stressed many times before, Turkey does not accept any formation of a de facto [autonomous] region or the cutting of ties with other regions [in the country] until an elected Syrian parliament is established, giving the political system its final shape," said Davutoglu during a visit to Poland on Tuesday.

He further noted that "We are concerned that a de facto fait accompli could further deepen the crisis in Syria," stressing that “Not only Turkey, but other groups inside Syria would not accept it either.”

Turkish media previously said the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Syria, plans to create a temporary autonomous government in the northern part of the Arab country.

On Monday, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said his country backs Syria’s territorial integrity and would consider the issue carefully. But he did not mention any measures adopted by Turkey to prevent the emergence of such entity.

China’s Xinhua news agency on Sunday quoted Salih Muslim Muhammad, the leader of PYD, as saying, “There is no intention among the Kurds to form their own government, nor to secede from Syria.”

The Syrian government has granted the Kurds a certain level of autonomy since 2012 and they are now controlling security of the region.

In recent months, Kurdish fighters, who are opposed to foreign interference in Syria, have been battling against foreign-backed militants in the north.

Syrian Kurdish fighters in the northeast of the country expelled foreign-backed militants from a checkpoint on Saturday and seized their weapons and ammunition, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to the United Nations, more than 90,000 people have been killed and millions of others displaced due to the foreign-sponsored violence.

Damascus believes the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.


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