Davutoglu: Turkey takes all measures on border security

Turkish PM Davutoglu reiterates that Ankara is ready to counteract for any contingency in order to protect its security of southern borders with Syria and Iraq

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkey is ready to respond ‘any contingency’ regarding the border security with Syria and Iraq in the south, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Sunday.

"If we ever reach to a conclusion that Turkey's borders are under any threat, our country is ready for any contingency and it has done everything necessary for that readiness," Davutoglu told during the opening ceremony of an exhibition in Istanbul.  

Davutoglu said that Turkey has  been mulling over all the measures to counteract to repel the security deficit sourced from the ongoing conflicts in both Iraq and Syria in the wake of ISIS advancement towards northern Syria, hereby, to the Turkish border.  

"[...] it should be known that the Turkish Armed Forces, our nation and our security forces as a whole are vigilant to maintain the peaceful environment in our country and there will be no room for any neglect in this matter," Davutoglu said.

Since ISIS has increased its military pressure towards the north, Turkey has been facing with a massive migrant inflows of Syrian and Iraqi refugees from Tal Abyad, Kobani and nearby places.

ISIS and militants from the Syrian-Kurdish People’s Defense Units (YPG) have been fiercely fighting over the control of both Kobane and Tal Abyad, where the local people were either forced to flee or fearfully dislocated themselves towards the Turkish soils.

Tal Abyad was captured by the YPG militants by the support the of US-led coalition air strikes on 15 June, as the move was forced ISIS to withdraw from the town, whereas Kobane, an overwhelmingly Kurdish populated village, was completely cleaned from the components of ISIS group at the end of January.   

The YPG is the  armed wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the Syrian affiliate of the outlawed PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the EU and the US.

The capture of Tal Abyad has enabled the YPG militants to link between the two villages of Kobane and Jazirah by forcing the non-Kurdish human resources from the areas they controlled in northern Syria along the Turkish border.

Turkish government and military authorities have raised the country’s concerns over the recent YPG moves to attempt at opening a ‘Kurdish corridor’ along with its southern borders.

Turkey considers that the YPG’ s medium term acts have been aiming to establish a de facto Kurdish state or a full autonomous region to which Ankara vehemently opposes as a necessity of Syria’s territorial integrity.

This week, Turkish media reported that Turkish civilian and military leaders were debating the option of a cross-border operation into the northern Syria to create a buffer zone following the fierce fightings between  ISIS and the YPG.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has reiterated that Ankara would never allow the formation of a Kurdish state along with its southern borders.

"We will never allow the establishment of a state in Syria's north and our south. We will continue our fight in this regard no matter what it costs," Erdogan said during an iftar (fast breaking dinner) on Friday.

"They want to complete the operation to change the demographic structure of the region. We will not turn a blind eye to this." Erdogan added.

Ankara’s sensitive concerns over the Kurdish issue has been directly sourcing from its long-lasting armed struggle with the PKK which caused the death of nearly 40,000 people in almost last three decades.

Erdogan took an initiative in 2012 when he opened up a peace talk process with the outlawed PKK, but the process have temporarily stalled over the militant group's reluctance to give up arms despite its imprisoned leader Abdullah Ocalan called the group to do so.

TRTWorld and agencies