Ankara, Sep 25: Turkey is preparing to oust YPG/PKK terror organization from east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria, Ankara’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, calling on world leaders to support his efforts.
Addressing the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on Tuesday, Erdogan said Turkey has been hosting more than 3.6 million Syrian refugees and has yet spent around $40 billion for them, according to Anadolu Agency.
Speaking at the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Summit, he underscored Ankara has been continuously making efforts to generate peace in Idlib region – which hosts four million individuals and which was on brink of a humanitarian crisis.
The Turkish president said Turkey was also reconstructing buildings, superstructure, infrastructures, houses, schools, and hospitals in Syrian suburbs that have been cleared from YPG/PKK terror organization.
“Now we are preparing to clean the east of the Euphrates from terrorist organizations for the same purpose,” said Erdogan, pledging to reconstruct terror-hit areas.
“We aim to ensure that both the Syrians in our country and our brothers who reside in the region will contribute to reconstruction of Syria when peace is maintained,” said the president.
Ankara considers YPG organization a “terror” outfit. Turkey considers the YPG to be an augmentation of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Turkey has, for a considerable length of time, been squeezing to set up a 30-40km profound zone inside Syria, looking for the removal of the YPG from the zone and the decimation of their passages and fortresses.
US President Donald Trump has proposed the safe zone plan to Erdogan last year and has announced procedures to withdraw American special armed forces from northeast Syria, but later halted the plans in order to ensure US’ Kurdish allies were safe.
The US and Turkey have been at loggerheads over plans for the region, where the US-backed Kurdish YPG fighters, forming a main American force, are combating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL and ISIS).
The Syrian government has called the deal between Turkey and the US a “blatant attack” on the nation’s power and sovereignty.