Turkey asks EU countries to rethink PYD bureaus
Ankara government has called on the Czech Republic, Sweden, Germany and France to rethink decisions to permit Syria’s Democratic Union Party (PYD) to open bureaus on their soil.

Ankara has claimed that such a move could encourage militants to target Turkey and Turkish people.

The warning was issued by Turkey’s top security board, the National Security Council (MGK), in a bi-monthly meeting under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and with the participation of Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and top military and intelligence officials late May 26, Hurriyet daily said in a report.

Turkey considers the Syria-based PYD and its armed wing, People’s Protection Units (YPG), as affiliates of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and accuses the group of trying to establish an autonomous region in northern Syria.

The U.S. and many of its European allies regard the PYD as a political entity and an efficient partner in the anti-IS fight as seen in the anti-IS coalition’s recent operations to liberate Raqqa from jihadists. Turkey says the PYD is a terrorist party.

The PYD’s recent initiatives to open bureaus in some European capitals like Prague, Stockholm, Paris and Berlin increased Turkey’s reaction against the countries, as the MGK statement said the move would “encourage and give further opportunities for the bloody-handed terrorists that have created bloodshed in Turkey.”

News Code: 13336  |  Date: 2016/05/28  |  Time: 13 : 0

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