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Turkey Uneasy About Planned US Observation Points in Syria


Aya Hussein

Sun, 25 Nov 2018 11:32 GMT

Turkey has repeatedly conveyed its “discomfort” to US officials over the United States’ planned observation points in northern Syria, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Saturday November 24th.

Akar said that these practices would make the already complex situation in the region “much more complex” and added that there is no need for them. 

“We have stated that the observation points to be established by the US troops on the Syrian border will have a very negative impact…,” Akar said, whilst stressing that Ankara is unhappy with US soldiers protecting and shielding YPG members—Turkey considers the YPG a part of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party PKK .

Speaking to Turkey’s state-owned news agency, Anadolu Agency, Akar said he had had a discussion with Gen Joseph Dunford, the US chairperson of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, last Sunday, during the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada about the planned US observation points on the Syrian border. 

"We expect that our US allies cut their relations with the terrorist YPG, who are no different from the PKK, as soon as possible," he added. 

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