The Greek Cypriot administration will pay for any attacks perpetrated by the YPG against the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and Turkey, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Thursday.
“Permitting terrorist organizations to open offices equals playing with fire,” the foreign minister told reporters in a joint news conference with his Estonian counterpart Eva-Maria Liimets. He added that Turkey will make the Greek Cypriot administration pay a heavy price if the PKK-linked terrorists carry out any attacks against Turkish Cypriots or Turkey.
“If there is any threat from here tomorrow, if there is an attack against Turkey or the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), or if there is an attack on our Turkish Cypriot brothers, we will make them pay the price. This will be a heavy price, so they should not play with fire.”
Noting that supporting terrorism is a serious issue, Çavuşoğlu said more countries are embracing the idea that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” He said that some countries have been exploiting terrorist groups in proxy wars and the latest example of this was the war against Daesh in Syria, where Western countries supported YPG/PKK terrorists.
“But as Turkey, we wanted to be in complete solidarity with all countries, even the ones that we had poor relations with. We have never supported any terrorist groups,” Çavuşoğlu said.
The Greek Cypriot administration allowed the YPG terrorist group’s so-called political wing, the PYD, a Syrian affiliate of the PKK terrorist organization, to open a representative office in South Lefkoşa.