Turkey ‘does not ac­cept’ cease­fire with Kurd mili­tia

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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