Urged to Withdraw Troops from Syria, Turkey Called the EU Arrogant
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu rebuked his Swedish counterpart, Ann Linde, who reiterated the EU’s position urging Turkey to withdraw from Syria.
“To use the word ‘urgent’ is arrogant and untrue in diplomacy,” spat out Cavusoglu during a press conference in Ankara with Linde standing beside him.
“You try to teach Turkey about international law and human rights but you are practicing double standards,” he said as quoted by Al Arabiya, Wednesday (14/10/2020).
Since 2016, Turkey has launched three military operations in northern Syria to drive out Syrian Kurdish militia forces that Ankara considers “terrorists”.
Turkey says they are linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and have been waging a bloody insurgency against the country since 1984.
Cavusoglu said Turkey’s withdrawal from northern Syria would mean supporting the PKK, which Ankara and its Western allies listed as a terror group.
“Are you asking Turkey to withdraw from Idlib? No, because in this case the refugees will flock to Europe, “he said.
Ankara has also deployed troops at several military posts it established in northwest Idlib as part of a 2018 deal with Syrian regime ally Russia.