The Netherland's Prime Minister Mark Rutte (R) talks with Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders. File photo: Reuters
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QAMISHLI – Turkey should not work against Kurds, but with the Kurds in the fight against ISIS in Syria, said the Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders on Saturday.
Turkey this week intervened in Syria and took the town of Jarabulus, with the aim of preventing the Kurds from uniting their cantons.
Next week the Dutch FM is expected to visit Ankara to meet his Turkish counterparts.
“It seems important, especially now, to include the Kurds in the peace talks,” Koenders told the Dutch news outlet BNR.
“Otherwise, it adds another complex situation in northern Syria,” he said.
“The goal should be to jointly fight ISIS and also to create a basis for political talks. The Kurds should be included in this,” Koenders said.
Nevertheless, the Dutch FM called the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) a ‘terrorist group’, saying that it should be looked into which Kurdish representatives will participate in the talks.
“But the huge Kurdish population has legitimate rights,” he added.