Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik on Saturday rejected all claims that PKK-affiliated PYD group represents Kurdish people in Syria, calling the claims as “a huge lie”.
Speaking to reporters in the northwestern province of Kocaeli, Isik said Turkey was aware of the efforts of the PYD to create territorial sovereignty in the region, and would not allow such a thing.
“It is a huge lie that the PYD represents Kurds in the region. The most murderous acts against the Kurds in Syria are now committed by the PYD,” Isik said.
According to Isik, the PYD is hostile to any Kurdish group that refuses to join its forces, sometimes even killing them. “This should especially be underlined because the attitude of Turkey is not against the Kurds,” he said.