Turkey cannot ‘overlook’ terror state bid on border

according to Mikrofonnews Agency (MHA), It is irrational to expect Turkey to overlook attempt to build a terror state on its border, deputy prime minister said as he reiterated the stance that ongoing operation in Afrin was not against Kurds, Anadolu Agency reports.

Speaking at the Jerusalem Meeting in Istanbul Monday, Bekir Bozdag, who is also the Turkish government’s spokesman, said: “Our Kurdish brothers are not the target of Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch in northwestern Syria.”

He said Turkey had always supported Kurds in Iraq and Syria when they faced oppression.

Turkey would continue to support Kurds and other ethnic groups against oppression and cruelty, he added.

He said the goal of the Afrin operation is to eliminate the PYD/PKK terrorist group from the region as well as to ensure safety and security for the civilians, including Turkmen, Arabs, Kurds and other ethnic groups, living there.

He added the operation was being carried out with respect for the state of Syria, its territorial integrity, sovereignty and political unity, and would continue in this vein.

“Turkey will withdraw from the region after the operation reaches to success,” he said.

He highlighted that Afrin operation was not a “choice” but a necessity.

“It is irrational to expect Turkey to overlook the formation of a terror state on its border,” he said.

He said Operation Olive Branch in Afrin had been launched “after trying all diplomatic options”.

He also spoke about the U.S. plan to form an army of PYD/PKK terror group in Syria along the Turkish border.

“Forming a terrorist army is an open threat to Turkey and Syria.”

The deputy premier repeated Ankara’s call on the Washington administration to cut its support off the PYD/PKK terrorists.