In Multipolarity, Turkey / Türkiye

In Hurriyet Daily News, March 30, 2016

WASHINGTON – Turkey and the United States will not fall out over their differing stances on the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu has said.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu speaks in Washington on March 30, 2016 (Anadolou Agency)

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu speaks in Washington on March 30, 2016 (Anadolou Agency)

“Not every two countries can be like-minded on every issue. For example, they [U.S.] think differently, we think differently, but we will not fall out because we have differing thoughts,” Çavusoglu told Voice of America on March 30, after lecturing at George Washington University.

“We are two significant partners and we have common targets but we can think differently on some topics. When we express our thoughts, then it is perceived as though there is a problem between the two countries,” he added.

Turkey’s relations with the U.S. have been strained due to their differing stances regarding the PYD and its military wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG). The U.S. sees the two organizations as “reliable” and important partners in its fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in northern Syria and supplies them with military logistics. Turkey, meanwhile, says the PYD and YPG are terrorist organizations as they are the offshoots of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which the country has been in an armed conflict with since the mid-1980s.

“Why do we need to convince each other that we think differently; we have proof in our hand. We give [them] the documents and information that the PYD/YPG is no different than the PKK,” said Çavusoglu.

“Therefore, there is no deterioration in the relations between the U.S. and Turkey. On the contrary, our strategic partnership marks even more importance,” he said.

Çavusoglu also said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was planning to visit Turkey, without disclosing any details of a possible visit.

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State forces continue the destruction in Cizre, eastern Turkey, ANF News, March 30, 2016 (full text follows)

Houses in Cizre, eastern Turkey damaged by Turkish military attacks in late 2015, early 2016 (Kiran Nazish, Al Jazeera)

Houses in Cizre, eastern Turkey damaged by Turkish military attacks in late 2015, early 2016 (Kiran Nazish, Al Jazeera)

Turkish state forces still remaining in the Cizre district of the city of Sirnak continue demolishing with diggers the houses that survived the shellings of the past months. The debris from the second basement where 60 people were massacred is being removed by diggers.

Thousands of houses were demolished in the state’s genocidal attacks in Cizre. The state began demolishing those that survived the attacks with diggers. The diggers attempt to demolish the damaged houses while trucks carry the rubble away.

The demolition continues under intense police presence despite the people’s objections.

‘AKP wants to isolate Sur and force people to accept TOKI housing demolitions’, ANF News, March 30, 2016

‘The goal is to get people to accept TOKI’

Cizre in ruins as Turkey lifts curfew on Kurdish towns, by Kiran Nazish, Al Jazeera, March 13, 2016

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