Turkey dissatisfied with France's PYD comments

Turkish Foreign Ministry expresses dissatisfaction with France’s comments regarding Turkey’s operations against PYD targets in Syria

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke with his French counterpart and expressed Ankara's dissatisfaction with French Foreign Ministry's comments regarding Turkish operations against PYD targets in Syria, diplomatic sources said.

The French Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Sunday calling on Turkey to halt bombardments of PYD zones in Syria, after the Turkish Army shelled YPG targets.

Cavusoglu subsequently requested a conversation with French Foreign Minister Jean Marc Ayrault and spoke with him on Monday, the sources said.

The PYD is the Syrian wing of the PKK terrorist organisation, which resumed its 30-year armed campaign against Turkish state last July.

The YPG, the PYD's armed wing, has advanced to the town or Azaz, located in Syria's Aleppo province, which has been the scene of heavy fighting recently, just six kilometres (four miles) from the Turkish border.

Turkish Armed Forces continued to shell PYD/ PKK positions for the third consecutive day in northern Syria on Monday.

According to Turkish security sources, artillery shelling has periodically hit Azaz, in the northern countryside of Aleppo.

The shelling began Saturday night. Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said that the army returned artillery fire after having come under attack from PYD forces based around Azaz in northern Syria. Davutoglu also said that the response was carried out within Turkey’s rules of engagement.

According to the Turkish military, the Akcabaglar base in Turkey’s border province of Kilis was shelled Saturday by PYD/PKK forces. A Turkish border post was also hit by mortar fire from Syria on Sunday, Turkey’s Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz said.

“When a strike hits our border, within the rules of engagement it will be responded to in a dissuasive way,” he added on Sunday.

TRTWorld and agencies