Envoy reiterates US does not consider PYD a terror group
The United States envoy to Turkey has reiterated previous remarks by U.S. officials that Washington does not regard the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) as a terror organization, contrary to Turkey’s stance, Hurriyet daily reprted.

 “Just like [officials] in Washington have said previously, the U.S. does not regard the PYD a terrorist organization,” U.S. Ambassador to Ankara John Bass said on June 23 at a reception in the southern province of Adana.

 “[The U.S.] acknowledges the PKK [Kurdistan Workers’ Party] as a terrorist organization and condemns the PKK attacks but in spite of that we understand Turkey’s sensitivities and its sensitivities about groups that support the PKK,” Bass added.

Turkey regards the PYD and its military wing, the People’s Protection Unit (YPG), as terrorist groups on the grounds that they are offshoots of the outlawed PKK.

The U.S., on the other hand, regards the PYD and the YPG as “reliable” partners in its fight against the Islamic State (IS).

News Code: 13552  |  Date: 2016/06/25  |  Time: 13 : 54

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