Turkish opposition: Syria crisis only helps Israel
Published Friday, July 27, 2012
The leader of a Turkish opposition party has criticized the policies of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government concerning Syria, saying that “Israel is the only winner in the Syrian crisis.”
Huriyyet newspaper quoted Kamal Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, head of the main opposition Republican People's Party, as saying that the situation in Syria was serving Israel's interest because the “creation of a Kurdish state was underway.”
He said that Turkish foreign policy concentrated on removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power, without considering what might follow.
He also accused Erdogan of overlooking Syria's importance to Russia.
He called Turkish foreign policy “chaotic” and criticized the ruling party, adding “they do not know what they are going to do next.”
Reports have indicated that members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) have begun to spread over the Turkish border into Syria.
On Thursday, Turkish officials announced that Turkish security forces had killed at least 15 Kurdish rebels in a raid near the country's border with Iraq.
Erdogan also issued a warning that a PKK-linked Kurdish presence could give Turkey cause to intervene militarily in Syria, in order to prevent Kurdish rebels from setting up base in the border region.
(UPI, Al Akhbar)