Jan 29 2018

Turkey to make U.S. realise its Kurdish mistake – FM

The United States will eventually realise it has made a mistake by backing Kurdish rebels in northern Syria, but Turkey needs to take action to protect itself before that mistake is widely understood, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu wrote in the New York Times.

“American reliance on the People’s Protection Units (YPG) is a self-inflicted error when the United States already has a capable partner in Turkey,” Çavuşoğlu said.

“We had to act, and so Turkey has launched Operation Olive Branch against the terrorists in Afrin.”

The operation was carried out in self-defence, he said, in line with international law.

“An impasse has been created between us by the United States’ choice of local partner in this war: a group that the American government itself recognises as a terrorist organisation,” Çavuşoğlu said.

The YPG are simply the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which the United States recognises as a terrorist organisation, under another name, he said.

“A NATO ally arming a terrorist organisation that is attacking another NATO ally is a fundamental breach of everything that NATO stands for,” Çavuşoğlu said. “It is a policy anomaly that needs to be corrected.”