History will judge Turkey if it abandons Afrin op – DPM

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Hakan Çavuşoğlu told a gathering of local politicians in Bursa that history would judge Turkey if it did not go through with an operation to remove the majority-Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) from power in the neighbouring Syrian canton of Afrin, conservative news agency IHA said.

“This organisation is trying to gain a foothold, as our Kurdish brothers have said, with an understanding that is practically carrying out a genocide on them. There is a genocide being carried out,” Çavuşoğlu said.

The YPG was aiming to form a de facto terror corridor among Turkey’s southern border that would cut the country off from the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina, he said.

 “If we do not intervene in this situation, history will judge us.”

Turkey needed to involve itself in Afrin just like it fought terrorism domestically, Çavuşoğlu said.

“If necessary, Turkey will go to Syria, to Afrin, will shoot the terrorist elements, and will come and do what is necessary,” he said.

“We are safeguarding this state for our children. We cannot leave a Turkey with problems to future generations. We cannot ignore it if the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and PYD are trying to create a terror corridor to our south by fait accompli.”