Erdoğan to discuss international peace, security at UN meeting

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will address international peace and security issues at the 74th session of UN General Assembly in New York, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Sunday.

Erdoğan, a day before his trip to the United States, warned Washington against a possible military operation into northeast Syria and the U.S. support for Syrian Kurdish forces.

The United States and Turkey reached a deal last month to set up a joint committee to look into setting up a safe zone in northern Syria to avert a Turkish military incursion. But the two sides still disagree on the size of the planned zone and who will control it.

Erdoğan on Sept. 8 said he would discuss the situation in Syria with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on the sidelines of the UN meeting.

Turkey has repeatedly said over the past year that it is planning a military offensive against the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a Kurdish group that controls much of northeast Syria. 

Turkey sees the YPG as an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), an armed group that has been fighting inside Turkey for more than three decades and is designated a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and the European Union. But the United States backed the YPG and together they defeated the Islamic State in Syria.