Turkey: No tolerance for Kurdish entity in Syria

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkey's deputy prime minister says his country supports Syria's territorial integrity and won't tolerate the creation of a "de facto" Syrian Kurdish entity on its frontiers.

Speaking to reporters Monday, Bulent Arinc would not spell out what Turkey would do prevent any such entity from coming about but said it would act carefully and in a cool-headed manner.

Authorities here have been concerned over Syrian Kurdish militants' recent strengthening of power in areas bordering Turkey.

The concerns have been heightened by reports that Kurds in Syria are preparing to form an autonomous region in those areas.

Last week, a Syrian Kurdish group _ affiliated with Turkey's own autonomy-seeking Kurdish rebels _ took control of a town on the border with Turkey after fighting radical Islamic groups.


(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Top Stories

  • 'Trying to Survive'
    The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club gathers as it desperately tries to grow its membership

  • Body Cams
    A King County councilmember wants to see body cameras on sheriff's deputies
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.