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Turkey rejects Trump’s offer to mediate war against Kurds

October 12, 2019

ISTANBUL, Oct. 12 (Reuters / EP) –

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has rejected the offer made by US President Donald Trump to mediate the war against Kurds in northern Syria because “it is not negotiated with terrorists.”

“We do not mediate or negotiate with terrorists. What they have to do is lay down their weapons,” Cauvsoglu said in an interview with the German media 'Deutsche Welle', before recalling the fruitless years of armistice with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), an armed group that Turkey describes as a terrorist and objective organization, together with the militias of the Popular Protection Units (YPG), also Kurds, of their incursion into Syria.

“We have already tried to reach a political solution in the past and look where it has taken us,” Cavusoglu said.

The Turkish Ministry of Defense has raised the number of “neutralized” militia to 415 since Wednesday, when the president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, ordered orders to begin operations against the Islamic State and, especially, against the Popular Protection Units (YPG ) Kurds.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimates that more than one hundred people have died in these first days of offensive, while the UN estimates that the number of displaced people is already around 100,000.

Turkey aims to create a safe area within Syria to move forward, among other things, in the return of 3.6 million refugees. Erdogan has threatened to let these refugees make their way to Europe if the EU does not support the offensive.