The upcoming meeting in Washington between the Turkish and American presidents will not go well as America considers the Kurds to be ally in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has a deep-rooted personal hatred of the Kurds.
Sputnik News Abd Salam Ali, a representative of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), recently said Erdogan “suffers from Kurdophobia” and calls the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and all other Kurdish groups “terrorists.”
In one of his recent interviews, Erdogan said that he has been “fighting Kurdish terrorism for 35 years,” adding that although different Kurdish groups and parties may have different names, they’re all “terrorist organizations.” The president vowed Turkey would continue its “anti-terrorist” operation in the south-eastern part of Turkey until everyone who’s fight against Turkey or even supports Kurds “will be buried in the trenches they have dug.”
Although Kurdish leaders state numerous times that all they want is to have some level of self-governance and autonomy, Erdogan believes Kurds want to break away from Turkey under the disguise of autonomy and self-governance.
Erdogan said Turkey would do whatever is necessary to eliminate the Kurds. “Turkey doesn’t need permission from anyone — we will do what is necessary,” Erdogan said, showing that he would confront even Washington’s demands when it comes to the Kurdish issue.
Last week, Erdogan lost his wits after finding out that the US government sent an envoy to the Syrian city of Kobani, currently controlled by Syrian Kurds. Washington’s representative Brett McGurk went to Kobani to speak with leaders of the military-wing of the PYD. “How can we trust you? Is it me that is your partner or is it the terrorists in Kobani?” Erdogan said.
The conflict between the Turkish government and Kurds started in 1984. Since then over 40,000 people have been killed because of it. In video below, Turkey sends tanks and troops to attack Kurdish civilians, NOT ISIS.