Turkish PM: We will ‘never allow’ the formation of a Kurdish state along our sborders

Ahmet DavutogluTurkey is prepared for any security threats along its borders, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was quoted as saying late on Sunday, highlighting Ankara’s growing anxiety about developments in the frontier town of Kobani in Syria.

Over the weekend Syrian Kurdish forces secured Kobani near the Turkish border, beating back Islamic State two days after the militants launched an attack.

Ankara has looked askance as the Syrian Kurds have made military advances against Islamic State, fearing the creation of an autonomous Kurdish state there that would further embolden Turkey’s own 14 million Kurds.

The fighting prompted President Tayyip Erdogan to warn over the weekend that Turkey would “never allow” the formation of a Kurdish state along its southern borders. Erdogan is due to chair a regular meeting of the National Security Council later on Monday and his comments will be closely watched.

“If any harm is to come to Turkey’s border security, if Turkey reaches the conclusion that this garden of peace is being threatened, it is prepared for any eventuality,” Davutoglu said in comments broadcast late on Sunday.

“We will take the necessary measures to reduce the risks related to cross-border security.”