Turkish PM: PKK Airstrikes Will Change Regional Game

No plans to send ground troops into Syria: Davutoğlu

Basnews views 27.07.2015 15:05

ANKARA – The Turkish Prime Minister has said that the recent Turkish army operation against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraqi Kurdistan and Islamic State (IS) in Syria, will change the face of regional politics.

Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoğlu also revealed that his country has no plans to send ground troops into Syria to fight IS.

However Davutoğlu said airstrikes on IS positions close to the Syria/Turkey border and on Kurdish PKK fighters in KRG could “change the game”.

NATO are to hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss the situation.

The People’s Protection Units (YPG), the armed wing of the main Syrian Kurdish party, on Monday urged Turkey to stop its attacks on Kurdish units inside Syria.

Davutoğlu told a meeting of Turkish newspaper editors that following Turkey’s military action, there were now “new conditions” in the regional conflict.

“The presence of a Turkey that can use its force effectively can lead to consequences which can change the game in Syria, Iraq and the entire region; everyone should see that,” Turkish media quoted him as saying.

Turkey – a NATO member – has requested Tuesday’s meeting based on Article 4 of the organisation’s founding treaty, which allows members to request such a meeting if their territorial integrity or security is threatened.

“When Turkey requests such a meeting I think it’s very right and very timely to have a meeting where we address the turmoil and the instability we see in Syria, Iraq and surrounding and close to NATO borders of Turkey,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told the BBC.

The Turkish PM also said Turkey was prepared to work with the Syrian Kurdish PYD group – which has links to the PKK – provided it did not pose a threat to Turkey and severed relations with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

However, the raids against the PKK in the KRG have effectively ended a two-year ceasefire.