Turkish Opposition Party Warns Against Military Intervention in Syria
Last week, local media reported citing military sources that the Turkish government was planning to deploy troops on its border with Syria in an attempt to create a buffer zone and prevent Syrian Kurds, which have made significant gains in their fight against the Islamic State, from strengthening their positions.
ANKARA (Sputnik) – The leader of Turkey's opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), called on the government to avoid military intervention in Syria.
"As the head of the CHP, I am warning them not to drag Turkey into an adventure, it would have a high cost. And the people on the street, not the politicians, would pay such a bill. [There is a] discussion on intervention in Syria. And it is wrong," Kemal Kilicdaroglu told the daily Hurriyet newspaper in an interview.
The CHP leader added that the current temporary Turkish government was not authorized to make such important decisions.
Kilicdaroglu also urged Ankara to hold talks with the Syrian government to find a peaceful solution to the armed conflict in the country.
In early June, parliamentary elections in Turkey saw the ruling party lose its majority in the country's legislature as the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party passed the 10-percent threshold and succeeded in gaining seats in the parliament.
Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with the government battling several insurgent groups, including the Islamic State and the Nusra Front. According to UN officials, the four-year-long internal conflict has claimed more than 220,000 lives across Syria.
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