MESOP NEWS INSIDER : PUTIN JOINS ERDOGAN – SAME POSITION ON PKK/PYD “LAY DOWN ARMS”
Kurds to Be Included in Syrian Gov’t If They Lay Down Arms – Ankara – SPUTNIK NEWs 31 Dec 216
The Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) will participate in the formation of the new government on condition they agree to lay down arms and support Syrian territorial integrity, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Friday.
ANKARA (Sputnik) — Ankara considers the PYD and its armed wing, the YPG, to be affiliated with the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), which has been designated a terrorist group by Turkey as well as the United States. “The Syria’s Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) will not take part in the talks on Syrian settlement in Astana.
As for its armed wing, the YPG, if they lay down arms and support the territorial integrity of Syria instead of forming a terrorist canton, they will be included in the country’s government. If they do not refuse terrorism… we will continue our struggle against them,” Cavusoglu told reporters.
Russia and Turkey took the role of the ceasefire guarantors, but other countries may also be invited, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The Syrian Kurds have been fighting against the Daesh militant group for years and has been controlling several areas of Syria, including Manbij. Syrian Kurds will be not invited for talks.
Read more: https://sputniknews.com/politics/201612301049149911-kurds-turkey-syria/