PYD Leader: Turkey not worried about Kurdish advance in Syria

29-07-2013

 

ARA News

Saleh Muslim, the joint head of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), who visits Turkey to hold talks with Turkish officials, says that his visit came after receiving an official invitation from the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davut Oglu, to discuss security situation on the Syrian-Turkish borders and the recent developments in the area.

Muslim described the meetings as positive, and confirmed that the Turkish government has no worries about the advance of Kurdish forces in Syria against Islamists of al-Qaeda linked Jabhat al-Nusra

He added that his talks with the Turkish officials will continue in the future.

“The ongoing events alongside the border between Syria and Turkey directly affect Turkey, and because it is the Kurdish people who live on both sides of the border, it was necessarily to begin dialogue with the Kurds.” Muslim told Dijleh News Agency.

According to Muslim, there is a remarkable change in Turkey’s stance towards the PYD.

“The talks represented an opportunity to reassure the Turks with respect to the Kurdish plan of a potential self-administration in northern Syria, for there has been some exaggeration by the Syrian Arab opposition in this regard, Muslim said. “However, we explained the issue to the Turkish officials. We also discussed the possibiliy of opening the border crossings with Turkey to deliver humanitarian aid to civilians in Western Kurdistan (Syria’s Kurdish region).”

While reviewing the PYD’s viewpoints on the issue of a temporary self-administration of the Kurdish region in Syria, Muslim pointed out that the project does not form a threat to any of the neighboring countries, insisting that this step is not meant to move towards an independent Kurdish state.

Although he described the meeting as “positive”, Muslim denied the information which said that he met the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davut Oglu during his visit to Turkey, but he emphasized that the meeting was with a number of high-rank officials in the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Remarkably, Muslim’s visit coincides with the unrest seen currently across the Kurdish areas in Syria, as in Tel Abyad, Sere Kaniye/Ras al-Ain, where clashes continue between Jabhat al-Nusra −supported by the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham armed group (ISIS)− on one side, and the Kurdish fighters of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) and the brigade of Jabhat al-Akrad on the other side.

 

Source: ARA News

 

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