Ankara, 1 Ramadan 1436/18 June 2015 (MINA) – The Turkish military and security commanders held several meetings earlier this week to discuss the latest developments in northern Syria, amid fears of the establishment of a Kurdish autonomous entity by Syrian Kurds.
According to a Turkish local media, the meetings were held with attendance of leaders of the Turkish General Staff and the intelligence service, ARA News reports as quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA).
The Turkish fears arose after the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) were able to defeat fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL) in several areas in northern Syria, which led to the liberation of major Kurdish-populated cities and towns and linked several Kurdish areas near the Turkish border.
According to Turkish officials, the recent gains by Kurds are aimed at opening a safe passage towards the Syrian coast and prepare the ground for the declaration of “Syrian Kurdistan”.
On Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan touched on this matter during his return from Azerbaijan, where he expressed concerns about the advance reported by the Kurdish forces in Tel Abyad city in northern Syria, pointing out that it may pose a threat to Turkey in the future.
Speaking to ARA News, the Kurdish journalist Reshid Sekvan said that domestic protests and political changes throughout the region have made the Kurds play a critical role on many fronts, particularly in Iraq, Syria and Turkey.
“The U.S.-led coalition’s support for the YPG forces in Syria has caused tensions between the U.S. and Turkey, a NATO member. The remarkable progress made by the Kurdish forces against the Islamic State, especially in Kobane, Hasakah and Tel Abyad, has led some experts to demand the United States to remove the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party in Turkey) from its list of terrorist organizations, especially that the PKK supports the YPG forces against IS in Syria,” he argued.
Sekvan pointed out that the YPG forces in Rojava (Kurdish areas in Syria) and the Peshmerga forces in Iraqi Kurdistan “have paid worthy blood for liberating their areas from IS and these fighters’ blood will definitely draw the map of Kurdistan in the Middl-East”.
Turkish authorities believe that an autonomous Kurdistan made around Turkey’s borders will stimulate Turkey’s Kurds to demand independence similar to their peers in neighboring countries. (T/P001/NMT)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)