Turkey continues to stall over an intervention in Kobani

Turkey continues to stall over an intervention in Kobani


By Manolis Kostidis – Ankara

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, referring to the bloody demonstrations of the Kurds in his country that resulted in the deaths of 22 people, spoke of a conspiracy. However, immediately after the violent episodes and the chaos in the southeastern provinces of the country, Ankara has launched an intense diplomatic bargaining on the developments in Kobani, which is the “spark” that has set Turkey on fire.

“It is quite obvious that this ‘game’ is designed to undermine the peaceful atmosphere that prevails in the east and southeast, the peace process and our fratenisation”, Erdogan said in a written statement.

“But we will not tolerate any act of threat or intimidation that would threaten the peace in Turkey, its stability and security, and will take all necessary measures to fight against all those who commit such intolerant acts”, said the Turkish president who avoided speaking in front of the cameras as he usually does.

The head of MIT in the USA

The commander of the intelligence services of Turkey (MIT) Hakan Fidan hastily traveled to the USA and met with American officials. The United States are calling for immediate action against the jihadists.

The coordinator of the international coalition under the United States against the militants of the Islamic State is visiting Ankara and is expected to exert pressure on Turkey to intervene directly, in order to prevent the fall of Kobani.

NATO disagrees with Ankara

The NATO Secretary General Yen Stoltenberg visited Ankara, during which time the disagreements between the Turkish government and the Alliance became apparent.

Stoltenberg stressed that “there is no clear agreement on a ground intervention in Syria”.

Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu, on the other hand, appeared unconcerned about the threat the Islamic State poses and emphasised that “the primary goal of Turkey is the Assad regime. As long as this regime remains, the chaos in the region will not end. We need to support the opposition in Syria”, he stated, pointing out that “Turkey cannot perform a ground operation by itself”.

Cavusoglu will travel to Paris today to meet with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius. In Ankara there are rumors going round that Francois Hollande had a telephone conversation with Erdogan and that the two of them have the same view on the matter of setting up a buffer zone on Syrian soil.

Ankara is waiting from Abdullah Ocalan to calm the Kurds

The Turkish government is trying to appease the Kurds, through a communication channel with the PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, who is imprisoned on the island of Imrali.

As a shock came the statements of the leader of the pro-Kurdish party IDP Selahattin Demirtaş, who revealed that he had ‘an exchange of messages with Ocalan, the of the episodes, as well as the next day”. Considering that inmates are not allowed to have mobile phones or computers, it is believed that the Turkish government allowed this direct communication in an attempt to stop the demonstrations, awaiting a message of reassurance from the Kurdish leader.

However, with his statements, Demirtas reminded that Turkey is the one that has sent 2000 trucks of filled with weapons to the Islamists in Syria aiming to overthrow Assad. “These weapons now threaten Kobani”, he said and added that the attitude that Turkey keeps towards the jihadists has angered the Kurds and called on the Turkish government to “save Kobani together”.

“Erdogan and Davutoglu are leading Turkey to disaster”

“Erdogan and Davoutglou are leading Turkey to disaster. The policy of overthrowing Assad has bankrupted. Turkey should stop interfering in the internal affairs of other countries. As long as this policy continues the hostility against the Turks will increase. In the last two years, Erdogan’s and Davutoglu’s hate speech can be heard throughout the Middle East. It is time for logic, restraint and for the interests of our country to prevail. We are in the most critical moment for the fate and unity of our country”, says the seasoned columnist of the turkish newspaper Hürriyet, Ertuğrul Özkök.