CHP’s Kılıçdaroğlu Speaks Out Action Which Could Plunge Ankara Into War
Kemal Kiliçdaroglu, the leader of the Turkey’s main opposition party, (Republican People’s Party) spoke out Sunday against any decisions that would plunge Turkey into war and slammed Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s foreign policy.
“We are against all decisions which could plunge Turkey into war,” Kilicdaroğlu said on his Twitter account.
Kilicdaroğlu reminded that Davutoglu called on his party to pick its side.
“Davutoglu is the one who must pick sides, he calls for supporting [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan’s foreign policy interests, not the Turkish interests,” Kilicdaroglu continued.
On Saturday, Davutoğlu said Turkish forces shelled Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) positions in northern Syria as a retaliatory measure within rules of engagement. The attacks continued on Sunday.
Syrian Kurds have been fighting against the Islamic State (Daesh) militant group, which is outlawed in many countries, including Russia, for years and have already liberated vast Syrian territories from Daesh control.
Ankara considers the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) to be an affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an organization seeking Kurdish independence that has fought the Turkish state since 1984.
A ceasefire between Turkey and PKK collapsed in July 2015, prompting Turkish authorities to launch a military operation in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern regions.