“Therefore, we are not entering there [in Syria] to fight a terror organization and gain ground on another terror organization,” Turkish EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Omer Celik said Monday, speaking at a news conference with Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders, in Ankara.
Celik said that Turkey will intervene against “PKK/PYD elements if they are west of the Euphrates.”
Celik added “no one has the right to tell us ‘fight with that terror organization but turn a blind eye to that terror organization.’”
He was referring to comments made by U.S. President Barack Obama’s Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter Daesh, Brett McGurk, who has said Monday that the U.S. found clashes with PYD in areas where Daesh is not present “unacceptable and a source of deep concern”.
Celik thanked Koenders for immediately condemning the coup attempt and for the solidarity the Netherlands had shown.
Koenders, for his part, said he was shocked to see the “brutal and bloody” coup attempt of July 15, but was “impressed to see the determination of the people of Turkey who took to the streets that night to defend their democracy, right and liberties”.
He said that the coup attempt was not an attack “only against democratically elected leaders, but it was an attack against the rule of law, against institutions and the constitution.”
“This is totally unacceptable,” he said. “That is why I condemned the coup and the violence in the strongest terms immediately when I heard the news.”
Turkey’s government has said the attempted coup was organized by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), followers of U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen. The latter is accused of a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary, forming what is commonly known as the parallel state.