Terrorists cannot protect NATO borders, says Turkish PM

Terrorists cannot protect NATO borders, says Turkish PM
# 16 January 2018 18:23 (UTC +04:00)

Turkey’s prime minister said Tuesday that terrorist groups cannot protect NATO’s borders, implicitly slamming a recent U.S. decision to form a border protection army in Syria with the terrorist PYD/PKK, APA reports quoting Anadolu.

"Is the duty of protecting NATO borders left to terror groups? We can protect our own borders," Binali Yildirim told an awards ceremony in the capital Ankara, explaining that NATO's borders are Turkey's southern borders.

Yildirim said Turkey is urging its allies to make their intentions clear and say if they will act in line with NATO responsibilities or keep collaborating with “marauders” who try to harm Turkey both at home and abroad.

"Deciding on this is all-important for us," he added.

Turkey has been a member of NATO for over 65 years.

On Sunday, U.S.-led coalition spokesman Ryan Dillon announced plans to establish a 30,000-strong border security force in Syria with the SDF -- a U.S.-backed group drawn up largely of PYD/PKK terrorist elements.

The PKK/PYD is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK terrorist group, which has been designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU.

Since the mid-1980s, the PKK has waged a wide-ranging terror campaign against the Turkish state, in which an estimated 40,000 people have been killed.