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Turkey's Davutoglu warns Syrian Kurdish group
Turkey's Davutoglu warns Syrian Kurdish group
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“All groups in Syria should distance themselves from the regime,” Davutoğlu said.

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that all groups should keep their distance from the Syrian regime and especially PYD (a Kurdish armed group in Syria which had links with PKK) must do it.

"We will monitor the attitude to be assumed by PYD," said Davutoglu, who is visiting Davos for the World Economic Forum, when replying to questions on NTV channel.

Meanhwile, fighting intensified between the Kurds and Syrian opposition on the Turkish border.

“All groups in Syria should distance themselves from the regime,” Davutoğlu said.

At least 56 people have been killed in nearly two weeks of fighting in northeast Syria between anti-government opposition fighters and members of the Kurdish minority who have seized on the civil war to try to secure self-rule.

Referring to the peace process between Turkish authorities and the PKK, Davutoğlu said all events in the region are linked to each other. He added that these events could well influence each other. He noted that PYD’s distancing itself from the Assad regime is important for Syria to achieve stability.

Kurdish militants continued clashing with several opposition groups in the city of Ras al-Ain in Syria's northern Hasaka province near the Turkish border as of Wednesday. Turks in Ceylanpınar district of Şanlıurfa, just across the Ras al-Ain district, protested on Wednesday as they said they have no security. Several Turkish citizens were wounded as a result of the clashes.

Davutoğlu said in the interview that Ankara will continue closely monitoring the position of the PYD. He said if disarming of the terrorist organization in Turkey is a matter of debate, this process will definitely affect developments in other countries, referring to the Kurds in Syria.

Davutoğlu spoke in Davos, where he will have bilateral talks with officials from other countries on the sidelines of World Economic Forum. He said he met with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and is expected to meet with newly elected Prime Minister of Georgia, Bidzina Ivanishvili.

He said this is the first time a Turkish official is having talks with Ivanishvili, who he said will be visiting Turkey on Feb. 12.

Davutoğlu is also planning to meet with leader of the Iraqi Kurdish region Massoud Barzani and Ethiopian Prime Minister Haile Mariam Desalegn late on Wednesday. The foreign minister will be discussing the latest developments in Mali with the prime minister.



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Press agenda on February 19
Press agenda on February 19

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