“It is not acceptable that the USA and Turkey use the PKK as a bargaining tool” said Mustafa Karasu, a member of the Executive Council of the Union of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK) and a leading figure of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) in an interview with the Firat News Agency.
In a lengthy interview published on Thursday, Karasu commented on the recent meeting between US President Donald Trump and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.
“The USA says to Turkey, to Erdogan, ‘if you accept to do this and that according to my wishes, I will give you this much support against the PKK.’ This is the approach adopted by the USA in this issue. Erdogan on the other hand, is trying to obtain concessions relating to the PKK by keeping the PYD, the YPG and Fethullah (Gulen, a Turkish cleric residing in the USA whose extradition is demanded by Turkey) high up on its agenda. Turkey is trying to obtain US support for the dissolution of the PKK by offering compromises on other issues. This is what the essence of this meeting was about.”
Stressing that most commentators had focused on the Raqqa operation and the US administration’s decision to carry on the operation with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Karasu added, “it was impossible that the USA take a stance against the SDF or PYD after this meeting, it was impossible that they change their decision on carrying out joint operations in Syria. As a matter of fact this did not happen. But it would be a mistake to say that this was the only result of the meeting.”
Claiming that both the US and Europe had been using the issue of the PKK as a “dirty bargaining tool” since the Cold War, the leading Kurdish figure said, “this policy must be exposed and it must be stopped, it is a dirty policy and it is an anti-Kurdish policy.”
“It is unacceptable that the USA maintains its relationship with the SDF and the PYD on the one hand, but in return supports Turkey in its objective to dissolve the PKK or the Kurdish Freedom Movement in Turkey. Neither we, nor the Kurdish people or the people of Rojava will accept this,” he concluded.