Ankara, February 10, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Manolis Kostidis
The US announced that they do not consider the Kurds of Turkey “terrorists”
Erdogan had called the YGP a terrorist organisation
Sudden tension erupted between the US and Turkey with the Turkish Foreign Ministry calling the American ambassador in Ankara, John Baas, for explanations.
The reason for the Ankara’s reaction were the statements of US State Department spokesman John Kirby, who made it clear that “the US does not consider the YGP (armed organisation of the Kurds in Syria) to be a terrorist organisation.
They were preceded by statements of Erdogan, who had stressed that “the PYD (political wing of the Syrian Kurds) and the YPG are terrorist organisations. That it is the PKK and the PYD. But a US national security spokesman goes to Kobani and receives a tablet from a supposed officer. How can we trust you? (USA). Am I am your partner or the terrorists in Kobani?”.
This different approach of the two countries on the issue of Syria and especially the Kurds who live there, comes to show that the tension will continue. It is known that the US send weapons to YPG, as at right now it is considered the only organisation that fights the forces of the Islamic State on the ground.
Turkey argues that the YPG is an offshoot of the PKK, which acts in Turkey and is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, as well as the US and the EU.