Jan, 28 2016
As the diplomatic marathon among different Syrian groups overextends in the run-up to the Geneva III Conference, the Turkish army builds up its presence on the border with the Syrian Kurdistan in an unprecedented way.
In an exclusive interview with the Sulaimany News Network (SNN), Gharib Hisso the Democratic Union Party (PYD) Representative to the Iraqi Kurdistan said: “the Turkish Army is on call to attack Rojava. They have shelled Gire Spi (Tel Abyad) and Afrin in recent days.”
Tracing the relationship between Turkish army build-up on the border and the Geneva III Conference, Hisso added: “If Kurds participate in the Geneva III Conference, the Turkish army will most probably react by waging an all-out war on Rojava.”
As to the Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) response to such a probable war, Hisso warned that: “[the SDF] would not remain silent and would defend all residents of Rojava tooth and nail.”
On January 26, 2016, the Turkish Foreign Minister threatened that Turkey would boycott the Geneva III Conference if Kurds were to be invited. Many observers interpreted these words as Turkey’s threat to end its diplomatic efforts; and end which may mark the beginning of non-diplomatic measures, including direct military intervention, by Ankara given its deep entanglement in the conflict.