Erdoğan recalls Ottoman borders, says ‘no Kurdish state’ in Northern Syria

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Turkey will never allow the U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Northern Syria to establish a state.

In his address on Thursday to the village heads, Erdoğan referred to the Misak-ı Milli (National Oath), a set of territorial claims taken by the last Ottoman Parliament before it was dissolved in 1920.

Erdoğan said:

The terror corridor that (U.S.-backed Kurdish groups) want to set up in Northern Syria is inside the territories of the Misak-ı Milli. Those who pursue such an attempt will be left empty handed.

The corridor Erdoğan is referring to is the areas under the control of Kurdish militant group People’s Protection Units (YPG), which receives training and military support from the U.S. as part of the coalition against the extremist jihadist group Islamic State.

Erdoğan also slammed the U.S. for supporting the YPG, saying:

The (United States) tell us ‘we are strategic partners’, but then goes on to deliver 4,000 trucks of arms to the YPG. The YPG is the (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) PKK’s sister organisation. We lose our patience when someone is building a terror corridor next door to us. We can expand the actions we have taken through the Euphrates Shield military operations, and widen it through our borders. We have that power.