Turkey ‘does not accept’ ceasefire with Kurd militia
TURKEY said yesterday it did “not accept” US claims that it had agreed a truce with Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria.
“We do not accept in any circumstances ... a ‘compromise or a ceasefire reached between Turkey and Kurdish elements’,” EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik said.
Mr Celik said Turkey could not be put on an equal footing with a “terrorist organisation”, referring to the US-backed Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
A US defence official told AFP in Washington on August 30 that the Turkish and Kurdish-led forces had reached a “loose agreement” to stop fighting each other.
Turkey last week launched a two-pronged offensive against IS jihadists and the YPG in northern Syria.
After a weekend of Turkish clashes with YPG-allied forces, Washington expressed alarm and urged both sides to stop fighting each other and concentrate on combatting the IS.
Turkey sees the YPG as an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) which has waged a bloody war against the Turkish state since 1984. –