Turkey fears a Kurdish State in Syria

MENA , Tuesday 31 Jul 2012

Turkey fears a free Kurdish State in northern Syria; Erdogan voices concern over Kurdish activities near Turkish borders

File photo: Iraqi Kurds protesters take part in a demonstration in Sulaimaniya (Photo: Reuters)

Latest developments in Syria have reached critical levels after members of the Syrian, Kurdistan Democratic Union Party (KYD), an extension to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, seized control of Syrian towns near the Turkish-Syrian borderline.

The development led to the rise of new fears for Ankara: will a new Kurdish state be established on Turkish-Syrian borders after Asad’s regime? This came in light of heightened discussions about possible scenarios, the most important of which was the division of Syria into three parts thus enabling the possibility of a Kurdish state creation in Northern Syrian. 

Political analysts have confirmed that a splitting of the Arab states would undoubtedly serve Israel’s position in the region.

Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, expressed concerns regarding the KYD’s activities, with an affirmation that Ankara would not permit such activities and will monitor the situation closely.

Similarly, Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dawood Oglo, commented that he had expressed to Abdel Basset Sayda, Syrian opposition chief, Ankara’s opposition to reports confirming the KYD’s flag flying over numerous buildings in Syrian towns bordering Turkey.

This also comes in light of reports, confirmed by Masoud El Birzany, regional head of Northern Iraq, stating Kurdish administration in Northern Iraq is training a small number of Syrian Kurds.

Bashar el Assad’s administration allegedly allowed the KYD in the early days of the Syrian revolution to control certain parts of Northern Syria, a move intended to avenge Ankara’s support for Syrian opposition, which had situated Bashar el Assad in a critical position.

On the other hand, Turkish analysts have confirmed that all expectations point to an alternative map to Syria after Assad’s regime, and in case of the foreseen tripartite division, a Kurdish state will be established.

Observers have described what they coined “The Kurdish Spring on Turkish borders” explaining that Kurdish control near Northern Iraqi/Turkish borders extended for 400 km but has now expanded to 1200 km after the Kurds took control of the Syrian northern region, which covers 800 km.

All this raised questions: “will it be possible for Turkey to confront Kurdish presence extending over 1200 km when it was unable to do so over a 400 km range?” and “how will Turkey confront a Kurdish state in Northern Syria when it did not do so with a Kurdish state in Northern Iraq?”

Some regional observers explained that Turkey had stated its support for the “Arab Spring” which became the “Kurdish Spring” due to a strange situation in the region where “the Arabs fight and the Kurds win”.  The Arab Spring has induced the Kurdish Spring, and the Kurdish state has slowly but prominently surfaced in the region, they added.

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