Wednesday, August 23, 2017

We Will Not Allow A Kurdish State on Our Borders

A Kurdish State
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey will not allow the foundation of a Kurdish state on its southern border, reiterating earlier comments on the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria.

“We cannot and will not allow the PYD and the YPG to form a so-called state in northern Syria,” Erdogan said in a speech to neighborhood heads at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday.

He claimed that using the term “Kurdish state” is an “insult to my Kurdish brothers.”

“I believe that my Kurdish brothers would never allow such a formation in northern Syria and southern Turkey. We are one nation within our country in a unitary structure. We are one nation with 80 million people. We have one flag, one homeland and one state. [We have] a homeland of 780,000 square kilometers. We will send those who want to break this nation apart to the grave,” Erdogan said, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

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