Turkey demands UN investigation of YPG
GENEVA – Anadolu AgencyTurkey on Sept. 19 called on the U.N. to investigate serious human right violations allegedly committed in Syria by the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the armed branch of the Syrian Democratic Union Party (PYD).
“Daesh [the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - ISIL] constitutes an enormous threat to the region and beyond. Terror is our common enemy, and Turkey’s determination to fight terrorism remains firm. We also would like to draw attention to serious human right violations committed by the YPG, which deserve a more detailed and separate investigation,” Turkey’s ambassador to the United Nations office in Geneva, Mehmet Ferden Çarıkçı, told the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.
“YPG acts such as trying to change demographics and kidnapping local Kurdish politicians may lead to Syria falling apart,” he warned.
Turkey designates the PYD and YPG as terror organizations as it regards them as offshoots of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Turkey and the U.S. are at odds over the PYD and YPG, as the U.S. sees them as a reliable partner in the fight against ISIL.