ERBIL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Dec. 11 said “no one should dare” to establish a new state in northern Syria, warning that any such effort would be “useless.”
In his remarks at a meeting with local administrators known as mukhtars at the Presidential Complex in capital Ankara, Erdogan said, “Those who are willing to set up a terror passage in northern Syria right now … those areas used to be included [in Turkey’s] national pact borders [also known as Misak-i-Milli].”
“Do not forget this sensibility. … No one can dare to establish a new state there. They will pay the price for it,”he stressed again.
He gave indication that Turkey could not be a mean for the US’ incoherent policies, and neither could it be a country that paid the price for the inadequacy that the US itself had demonstrated regarding the developments in the region.
He condemned the US for allying with the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), a group Ankara considers a “terrorist organization" because of its links with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) and said that a “strategic partner should not act this way.”