Turkey criticizes France for spreading Kurdish ‘propaganda’ in schools – Middle East Monitor


Turkey yesterday criticized France for a textbook for use in high schools that included propaganda from Kurdish groups it considers terrorist groups in Syria, the foreign ministry said in a statement.The book, which is said to have been prepared by a publishing house for teaching in high schools in France, includes information about the Kurds in accordance with the separatist ideology of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) which Ankara says is the Syrian arm of Kurdistan banned. Workers’ Party (PKK).

The PKK is designated as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States, the European Union, Australia and Japan. While the US-led coalition against Daesh in Syria supports YPG forces in the country.

“Opinions and warnings in Turkey’s previous statements – regarding France’s support for the terrorist organization, which threatens Turkey’s national security, and insisting on the mistake of equating Syrian Kurds with the PKK / YPG – are still valid, ā€¯Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy told me.

Aksoy said France’s attempts to build its foreign policy preferences on almost all issues based on its anti-Turkey rhetoric and while trying to distort historical truths and the law are worrying.

“It is obvious that this terrorist propaganda, resulting from the official policy of France, was initiated with the courage of those who welcome the so-called representatives of the terrorist organization to the presidential palace”, he added.

Last year, Turkish troops and the Syrian National Army (SNA) launched Operation Peace Spring against the YPG and Daesh in northern Syria.

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