We use cookies to provide some features and experiences in QOSHE

More information  .  Close
Aa Aa Aa
- A +

Turkey to look at ‘acts rather than words’

441 1 0
19.05.2017
One of President Tayyip Erdoğan’s most important aims in his first official meeting in the White House with U.S. President Donald Trump was to dissuade him from his decision to arm the PYD/YPG and conduct a joint operation with them to seize Raqqa, despite the fact that PYD/YPG is very openly an arm of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The Pentagon, knowing that Erdoğan came to Washington with this in mind, made the White House announce in advance that it would “continue with the YPG” in order to prevent any disruptions to their plans.

Erdoğan and his accompanying delegation arrived in Washington knowing that it would be very difficult to make Trump change his decision, and indeed they were unable to reach the desired result in this matter.

It is one thing if Washington’s cooperation with the YPG remains just a tactical step restricted to the Raqqa operation, but if it turns out to be a more strategic decision toward the forming of a “united independent Kurdistan” in the future then it would have other more serious consequences.

If the White House in practice develops this cooperation politically and militarily in the direction of forming a state on the PKK-PYD-YPG front, and if this formation starts being a threat to Turkey’s territorial integrity, then there will inevitably be a breaking point in Turkey-U.S. relations.

Several signs in Erdoğan’s answers suggest that this aspect was openly conveyed to Trump and his administration in their meetings. Asked whether there were guarantees to eliminate Turkey’s concerns, he said the following: “They always say that, but we will look into the practice. If there is an attack against the belt that we have formed in Syria, which we have cleansed of terror, or against our borders, we would apply the rules of engagement without asking anybody.” His words carry the message that verbal guarantees are not enough for Ankara, they will have to look into the........

© Hürriyet Daily News