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Turkey’s Davutoglu Says Syria Intervention Possible, HT Reports

July 31, 2012

Turkey may intervene in Syria if al- Qaeda or Kurdish militants set up bases near the border or an independent ethnic or religious state is declared, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told Haberturk newspaper.

The government would consider the presence of al-Qaeda or the Kurdistan Workers Party on the two countries’ border or instability in Aleppo that threatens Turkey justification for intervention, the Istanbul-based paper today cited Davutoglu as saying in an interview.

Turkey will oppose any groups, whether Kurdish, Sunni or Druze, from taking advantage of the chaos in Syria to proclaim their independence, the paper cited him as saying.

“A Kurdish state can’t be established,” Haberturk quoted Davutoglu as saying.

To contact the reporter on this story: Benjamin Harvey in Istanbul at bharvey11@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Gavin Serkin at gserkin@bloomberg.net


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