Terrorists in Syria would be a threat: Turkey, KRG
ANKARA - Hürriyet Daily News
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu (R) speaks to media after his meeting with Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani in İstanbul on Nov. 3, 2011. REUTERS photoAny terrorist entity trying to exploit the power vacuum in Syria would be considered a common threat, Turkey's foreign minister and Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) leader have said in a press statement yesterday.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu was in Arbil to discuss the recent developments in Syria with KRG President Massoud Barzani.
A press statement was released following the meeting between Davutoğlu and Barzani, saying any attempt to exploit the power vacuum in Syria by a terrorist organization would be considered a common threat for both Turkey and the KRG that would be "jointly addressed."
"The new Syria should be free of any terrorist and extremist groups or organization," the statement said.
Turkey has expressed concern over possible cooperation between the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Kurdish leadership in Syria's north, in which the latter has managed to take over the control of numerous Syrian cities without violence.
The full press statement on the meeting between Davutoğlu and Barzani is as follows:
Mr. Ahmet Davutoğlu, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, and Mr. Masoud Barzani, the President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, had extensive, friendly and constructive discussions in Erbil today on bilateral relations and regional issues, particularly on the situation in Syria. They noted their satisfaction with the pace of their relations and agreed to expand them in all fields, particularly in the fields of economic development and energy.
They emphasized that the situation in Syria is grave. Syrian people continue to suffer. Loss of life and destruction is at unprecedented levels. They underlined that the actions of the Syrian regime and its policy to provoke sectarian and ethnic conflict within the country will further deteriorate the situation. The developments in Syria also pose a threat to regional security and stability. This situation is unacceptable by all standards.
They emphasized their commitment to a swift peaceful political transition in Syria. They reiterated that the future of Syria should only be determined by the free will of the Syrian people.
They agreed to cooperate and coordinate their efforts with a view to helping Syrian people to achieve their legitimate aspirations for a democratic, free and pluralistic Syria where all citizens will enjoy equal rights and freedoms. In the new Syria, all ethnic, religious or sectarian identities should be respected and their rights should be guaranteed and protected.
They expressed their deep concern regarding instability and chaos in Syria. They also emphasized that any attempt to exploit the power vacuum by any violent group or organization will be considered as a common threat, which should be jointly addressed. The new Syria should be free of any terrorist and extremist group or organization.
They agreed to continue their consultations and cooperation in the interests of peace and stability in the region.