Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated on Saturday that Turkey will never allow PYD, which it considers to be the Syrian extension of the terrorist PKK, to establish “cantons” in northern Syria.and become a threat for Turkey.
Erdogan attended the Hasan Kalyoncu University's 2015-2016 academic year opening ceremony on Saturday in southeastern Gaziantep province, where he was presented an honorary PhD degree.
Explaining the situation in Tel Abyad, which was seized by PYD, Erdogan stated that the Arabs make up 90 percent of the civilian population, while Turkmens constitute 5 percent.
“Despite the demography there, PYD declares a canton. Their purpose is to entirely seize northern Syria. We will never let Syria fall victim to the plan they are carrying out. This is a threat for us. Accordingly, it is not possible for Turkey to accept such threat,” Erdogan explained.
Turkey considers PYD to be the Syrian extension of the terrorist PKK and has called on the international community to recognize the group as such. During his speech Erdogan emphasised this and said, “Currently, there are 1,400 PKK terrorists within the PYD. This is a fact, however, countries who are our allies are trying to describe them as something different. They are also providing them arms.”
Reminding that Syrian issue has become the top agenda of the international community and its importance has been escalating, Erdogan said “The necessity of a safe-zone, no-fly zone and train-equip programs have been advocated by Turkey since the beginning and every passing day this is becoming clearer and better understood."
Criticizing the over involvement of world powers in Syria and their attitude of “We know better,” Turkish president stated that the reason behind the failure to resolve the Syrian issue is not taking Turkey's suggestions.
Turkey has over 900 kilometres long border with Syria and nearly 350 kilometres long border with Iraq.
“Is there any other country better at evaluating such issues than Turkey, which has a kinship with these countries that we share a border with?” Erdogan asked.
“Sooner or later, they will settle on the resolution we present,” Erdogan added.
Harshly criticising the recent visit of Syrian President, Bashar al Assad to Russia, Erdogan questioned how it could be possible to welcome “Someone who has killed 370,000 people with an official ceremony.”