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Only solution to Syrian crisis to bring opposition, govt. together for talks

Rahshan Saglam
Press TV, Istanbul


Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says he had a side talk with Syrian foreign minister Faisal Mikdad Syrian foreign on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement summit in October last year.

The Turkish minister added he suggested a reconciliation to take place between the Syrian government and the opposition, noting that without such a step Syria will continue to face crisis. Cavusoglu said that the EU and the international community would support a ceasefire in the war-torn country and that no country would help in Syria's rebuild process if a ceasefire is not achieved.

Some believe such a revelation is a signal indicating Turkey is preparing for its cross border military operation in northern Syria. In recent weeks the Turkish army has been sending reinforcements to northern Syria near the town of Tal Rifaat. The town is under the control of Kurdish YPG forces, a US backed militia that Turkey considers the armed wing of the Kurdistan workers party known as PKK.

Some analysts believe Turkey has long been serving its own agenda in Syria, for example by supporting some opposition groups inside Syria who served Ankara’s interest in securing its borders and pushing Kurdish forces back.

It might be soon to say whether Ankara has changed its strategy in regards with Syria. What is clear for Turkey is that fighting or defeating the Kurdish militants alone cannot guarantee its security.


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