BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:55 P.M.) – The senior diplomatic adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan went on record recently to declare that Turkey will not hand over the Afrin region to the Syrian government of Bashar Al-Assad.
“So those who think Assad should regain control over Afrin and all the border areas across Turkey should think twice because this will never solve the vital security interest of our country,” Ilnur Çevik claimed in his op-ed for the Daily Sabah on Tuesday.
Cevik would then claim that the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) is working with the Syrian government, so handing it over to them would be counter-productive to their border-security.
“With the Afrin campaign, Turkey is spoiling the game for Assad, the PKK [Kurdistan Workers Party] and even for the Americans. Turkey aims to stamp out the PKK from Syria and hand over the lands back to their rightful owners, the Arabs, Turkmen and the Kurds,” Çevik added.