SYRIA (OBSERVATORY) – Turkey wants Syria to maintain its territorial integrity, but Washington must stop supporting Kurdish parties in the country, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu said Saturday after meeting with his Russian counterparts Iranian, Sergei Lavrov and Mohammad Javad Zarif, in Moscow.
The head of the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu , urged the US to stop providing support to Kurdish parties in Syria. He made the statement on Saturday after talks with Russian and Iranian foreign ministers Sergei Lavrov and Mohammad Javad Zarif .
“The United States supports these terrorist organizations. However, it is essential that this cease. In 2016, however, the US promised us that terrorist organizations would leave Syrian territory, “he said.
And to add:
“The Americans must keep their word and help these terrorist organizations leave the territory and return these lands to the civilians who live there.”
Referring to the situation in Syria, he stressed that Turkey is committed to the territorial integrity of the country.
“I am sure that, despite the existing problems on the ground, we will all three [Iran, Russia and Turkey, ed] work together and implement our decisions, including on the Constitutional Committee and its implementation, to help the Syrian people achieve its goals,” Mevlüt Cavusoglu continued.
He pointed out that 25% of the territory of the eastern bank of the Euphrates was controlled by the People’s Protection Units (YPG, Kurds) , which had “changed the demographic situation in the region”. Recalling the presence in the region of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), he stressed that these “terrorist organizations” had to leave Syria, as they pose a threat to Turkey’s national security.
Turkey has previously repeatedly accused the United States of failing to keep its promise on the withdrawal of the YPGs from Manbij (in northern Syria) after Kurdish formations liberated the city of Daesh in June 2016.
The heads of diplomacy of Russia, Turkey and Iran on Saturday discussed the Syrian settlement in Moscow, including preparations for the 9th round of negotiations on this issue in Astana.
On Friday, Mevlüt Cavusoglu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agreed to normalize the situation around Manbij. The Turkish minister had previously said that should the roadmap materialize, the YPG forces should leave Manbij. Otherwise Ankara would take measures against them, the same as in Afrin.
At present, Manbij is controlled by Kurdish armed formations, allied with the US, which Turkey considers to be related to extremist groups and against which it wishes to launch a military operation in the region.
Relations between Turkey and the United States have seriously deteriorated because of Washington’s support for the YPG, which Ankara considers to be an extremist group linked to the banned PKK in Turkey. Washington explains its position by fighting Daesh.