MESOP : THE WAR WILL CONTINUE – Turkish president says no to Syrian Kurdistan

AFP – 27 Jan 2015 – ANKARA,—Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his country opposes the idea of a Kurdish-controlled autonomous government in Syrian Kurdistan (northern Syria).

His comments came as Kurdish militia drove the Islamic State insurgents from the Kurdish town of Kobani in Syrian Kurdistan just across the Turkish border and raised their flags on Monday, in a heavy blow to jihadists after months of intensive fighting.

“We do not want a new Iraq. What’s this? Northern Iraq,” Erdogan told Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper aboard a plane en route from an African tour at the weekend. He was referring to the Kurdish-controlled part of Iraq known as Iraqi Kurdistan. “A northern Syria there after northern Iraq… It is not possible for us to accept this,” he said. “Such formations will lead to grave problems in the future.”

Erdogan also renewed his call for a no-fly zone in Syria and criticised what he said was a failure by fellow NATO member the US to target the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Washington is “not keen on any action that targets the regime,” Erdogan said. “Then there cannot be any solution.” “We have a clear policy on Syria. We never think about modifying it. The regime is our target. It cannot continue with the Assad regime,” said Erdogan.