UN Calls On Turkey To Allow Kurdish Groups To Pass Through Its Territory To Help Kurds In Kobani
25 October 2014
By Markaz Kavkaz
UN urged Turkey "to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe" in the Syrian Kobani,
which, as stated by UN, is bound to happen in the case of Ad Dawla al-Islamiyya/Islamic
State (IS) units capture the city.
UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura said that in the event of a fall of Kobani,
the IS would have access to 400 kilometers of the Syrian-Turkish border. "We
would like to appeal to the Turkish authorities in order to allow the flow of
volunteers at least and their own equipment in order to be able to enter the
city and contribute to a self defence operation".
Earlier, the same appeal to Ankara was made by the leader of Iraq's Kurds
Barzani, who asked to authorize the transfer of Peshmerga forces to Kobani
through Turkey. There was no response to his plea.
Turkish armoured units have been guarding the border for about a week now. West
led by the US is increasing pressure on Ankara to encourage Turkey to invade
Syria. Earlier Mistura said that "Turkey has been very generous and took more
than 200 thousand refugees from Kobani, but now we need more concrete actions".
Meanwhile, the Turkish authorities have rejected allegations that civilians are
remaining in Kobani who are at risk of "massacre". According to the
representative of the Turkish government, the only groups that are left fighting
in Kobani are - quote: "two terrorist organizations and there are no".
Moreover, Ankara considers the Kurds fighting the IS in Kobani to be a branch of
the Partiya KarkerÍn Kurdistan/Kurdistan Workers' Party (KWP), which is included
in the official list of the so-called "terrorist organizations" in Turkey, as
well as in the US and the EU.
On Friday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while in Trabzon, said commenting on
the riots in the Kurdish regions as a result of which more than 30 people were
killed and hundreds injured:
"Turkey is not a country which would determine its domestic and foreign policy
based on the violent acts of terrorists and drifters".
Earlier, officials of the Turkish government declared that "the Assad regime is
more dangerous than the IS".
Meanwhile, fightings continue in Koban. According to Western and Arab sources,
IS units captured half of the city (see the video, shot by IS). Earlier, it was
announced about the capture of the headquarters of Kurdish Yekineyen Parastina
Gel/People's Protection Units (PPU) group.