MHP leader says he backs US-proposed safe zone if set up by Turkey
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) chair Devlet Bahçeli has said he supports a U.S. proposal to set up a security zone along the Turkish-Syrian border on condition that it would be established and protected by the Turkish military.
“If the safe zone will be completely under Turkish control, then there’s nothing to object to. There is no problem if we set up the safe zone’s strategy,” Bahçeli said at his party’s provincial heads meeting in the capital Ankara on Jan.17.
The MHP leader also stressed Turkey’s “obligation to clear the east of Euphrates from terrorist organizations.”
Bahçeli also recalled U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent tweet threatening to devastate Turkey’s economy should it attack Kurds, saying it is aimed to keep Turkey away from its fight against terror.
“The U.S. has launched a dark campaign that protects the YPG/PKK and shows these as representatives of our Kurdish brothers,” said Bahçeli.
“The U.S. aims to keep Turkey away from the PKK/PYD/YPG. Israel, along with certain Gulf countries, is on this too,” he added, stressing that his party stands by the state and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the fight against terror.