Turkey says Assad, DAESH, PYD have no role Syria’s future

Turkey says Assad regime, DAESH, PYD should not have any role in future of Syria following first National Security Council meeting of 2016

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The first meeting of Turkey’s National Security Council in 2016 took place in capital Ankara on Jan. 27.

Updated Jan 29, 2016

Turkey’s National Security Council said in a written statement that neither the regime leader Bashar al Assad or any terrorist group should have a role in the future of Syria following an almost seven hour meeting on Wednesday.

The council gathered under the chairmanship of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara to discuss both internal security and the effects of the Syrian crisis on the security and stability of Turkey along with the region.

Following the council's meeting, a statement read: "It has been pointed out that the existing regime, DAESH, and the [Syrian Kurdish] PYD-YPG, as well as any other terrorist groups, have no role in the future of Syria."

It also confirmed Turkey's support for Syrian Turkmens and other opposition groups.

The meeting came just ahead of Syria peace talks scheduled for Friday in Geneva, organised by the United Nations.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu formerly announced that Turkey will boycott Geneva talks if PKK’s Syrian extension PYD is invited.

Turkey considers PYD as PKK's Syrian extension, which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the EU, and the US.

“The PYD is a terrorist organisation and has no place with the opposition at the negotiating table,” Cavusoglu said on Tuesday.

"The negotiation will be made between the opposition and the regime. Terrorist groups are out of the question," he stressed.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also said that political forces who treat PYD as a legitimate interlocutor "do not live in the reality of the region [northern Syria]” where PYD forces have been oppressing people including Kurds, if they hold a different opinion other than the group.

“Nobody can convince us that [PYD] is for peace," he declared.

TRTWorld, AA