POLITICS > PM declares Syria intervention a ‘natural right’

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Turkey has a natural right to intervene in Syria if “terrorist formations” pose a threat in the area, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said yesterday after groups affiliated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) gained control of Syrian towns along Turkey’s border.
"If there are formations that are being set up right now that [results in] a certain terrorist act, then it is out most natural right to intervene, since [such terrorism] would be a step toward disturbing our national peace. We can not allow that,” he said in a television interview yesterday.

Erdoğan, however, dismissed suggestions that Turkey wanted to bring Kurds in the area under their tutelage.

The prime minister also criticized media reports that said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had abandoned border areas to the Kurds, arguing instead that the real situation was "very interesting."
"These are sensitive regions," Erdoğan said. "We will not tolerate PKK cooperation with any other organizations in the area."

We will fight PKK if Turkey provides arms: Syrian rebel

ANTAKYA - Agence France-Presse

Holed up in a Turkish safe-house, a Kurdish commander of a Syrian rebel unit makes a novel pitch for more weapons to help his men fight the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

"I wish we could get some armed support from Turkey," said Ubed Muse, speaking to AFP during a break from the bloody battles in which he has led a band of 45 rebels near Aleppo, Syria's second city.
If his fighters could get help from Turkey, he said, they would return the favour by hitting the outlawed  Kurdistan Workers' Party or PKK.

"If we -- Kurds and Arabs -- join ranks, and are able to get military support from Turkey, we can fight not only the regime but also the PKK," said Muse. "With armed support from Turkey, we can hit PKK bases inside Syria because we all know about their whereabouts and which regions they control."


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Brit in Turkey

7/27/2012 6:42:03 AM

Dara Fargo - You should read more up-to-date news and will then discover that you are wrong.

Nuri Gotham

7/27/2012 12:19:30 AM

Brit in Turkey- For your information Kurds in Turkey can not name their children and towns with Kurdish names.Kurdish children can not learn Kurdish language and history in schools. Kurds, can not have interpreters in the courts and are forbidden to use Kurdish language for signs, street and park names. They will be prosecuted if they do otherwise. The Kurdish alphabet is forbidden ! Let us know if you see one.

Brit in Turkey

7/26/2012 8:48:22 PM

keren bliss - Kurds with Turkish citizenship have the same "natural rights" as ethnic Turks with Turkish citizenship. If you know otherwise, please elucidate.

Nuri Gotham

7/26/2012 6:51:45 PM

The PM once said; " Even if there is a Kurdish issue in Argentine, we will pursue it". Evidently, he prefers suppressing Kurds in Turkey and abroad instead of understanding and solving the Kurdish issue at home.

M. Yakut

7/26/2012 6:41:05 PM

It seems that Syria is about to split up. The Turkish PM Erdogan and FM Davutoglu and the government AKP have been unconditionally supporting the regressive Mohammedan Sunni uprising in Syria. However, they seem not to have anticipated a Kurdish move in the north of the Syria. The "bomb" The Turkish PM Erdogan and FM Davutoglu and the government AKP have been building to blown up Assad seem to have exploded in their hands.

ilker avni

7/26/2012 6:26:52 PM

@keren bliss They is a differeance between Israels fight against Hamas and Turkeys fight against the PKK,Hamas and the Palenstinians was robbed of they land by the jews,the PKK was robbed of they land by the British and western allies after world war one.Kurds making demads on Turkey for its land is unexceptable,can you imange immergrants living in say Britain or America taking up arms and demanding they own state.

Hama Rahim

7/26/2012 6:05:40 PM

Somebody should tell this guy to forget about intervening in northen Syria and start thinking about solving his own problems within his own borders. If Turkey takes a single step accross the border it will not only face resistance from the PKK but it will face resistance from kurds from four parts of Kurdistan. Enough is enough and the kurds will not give up any gains they have achieved so far. In fact the are hoping for someone to take a wrong step so they can unleash hell in the whole region.

Hakan Salci

7/26/2012 3:22:57 PM

When it suits your national interests rebels become 'freedom fighters' but when it does not they are branded as 'terrorists'; @ Sylvia and Daniel, couldn't agree more. If you start making such distinctions then you are nothing but a hypocrit, especially when it comes to Syria. Well what comes around goes around and the AKP will make Turkey pay one day for the policies it is pursuing; in fact I think it has already begun with what is happening in northern Syria right now.

Tayyar Abi

7/26/2012 12:41:40 PM

PKK are terrorists (just like Hamas) and do not deserve support of any kind. My only complaint about RTE is that he is not consistent in opposing ALL terrorists.

Sylvia Walter

7/26/2012 12:40:52 PM

Oh.. it’s so funny the so called ‘militancy’ against Turkey is not acceptable (although it could be their self-determination!) but it becomes well and good and all natural and acceptable if such elements are fighting against say other governments i.e. Syria etc! What a hypocritical stance is that? Where ever it is.. Terrorism in whatever shape or form - should be completely denounced.
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