Beirut, Lebanon – On Saturday, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the West of being silent about the killing of 300 thousand people in different parts of Syria, while the same Western powers rebelled on the issue of the Kurdish city of Kobane, northern Syria.
In a speech delivered at the University of Latvia, Erdogan criticized the Western strategy regarding combatting extremists of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), saying the anti-IS war started “only when the group controlled oil wells in Iraq and Syria”, which indicates, according to the Turkish President, an intervention to save oil instead of people.
“The world remained silent on the killing of 300 thousand people in Syria, while it dashed to save Kobane! That’s good, but where were you when Daraa, Idlib, Homs, and Hama burnt?” Erdogan argued.
Kurdish activists considered Erdogan’s statements regarding the Western help to Kobane as a reaction to the support that the Kurds have received in their conflict against IS.
“The Turkish President is issuing many anti-Kurds statements currently, under the pretext of the importance of supporting and recognizing all Syrians. This pretense of support for the entire Syrian people in effect marginalizes the struggle of the people of Kobane. This reveals the real agenda of the Turkish state as opposing a Kurdish victory in Syria even if the enemy is the IS terrorist group,” Omar Shemsuddin, a Kurdish activist, told ARA News. “Erdogan is trying to say if IS militants are not challenged in all Syrian territory, it is acceptable to allow the group to kill and displace more and more Kurds. That’s shameful.”
Erdogan, describing one of the Kurdish parties as a “bloody organization” (in reference to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party PKK), said: “The world, which did not pay attention to the PKK terrorists, can at the moment form an alliance against ISIS terrorists (the Islamic State group)! That’s good, but where were they when this group (PKK) killed more than 40 thousand people in my country.”
“The West, including the European Union, has not bother to consider the consequences of Turkey’s housing of a million and a half million Syrian refugees is,” Erdogan said, adding that the number Syrians who have sought refuge in Europe has not exceeded 130 thousand. “Why hasn’t Europe opened its doors to these refugees?”.
Reporting by: Adel Hassan
Source: ARA News
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