Peshmerga have not yet entered Kobani, Turkey's FM says
Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says the peshmerga have not yet entered Kobani through Turkish territory to fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, Anadolu Agency reported.
"The peshmerga have not yet entered Kobani," Cavusoglu said during a live interview Tuesday. "The talks about the issue are still ongoing."
The foreign minister said that: "If there is a specific group to be supported, it should be the Free Syrian Army. What we told the PYD is that they ought to give up on their aspirations about Syria and act in coordination with the Free Syrian Army."
Turkey considers the Democratic Union Party, also known as the PYD, to be an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK -- a terrorist group that has waged three-decade insurgency in Turkey. The U.S. and the EU have listed the PKK as a terrorist organization.
The foreign minister also said that no decision has yet been taken about moving the peshmerga group to Kobani over the Turkish border.
"We are still talking about if the peshmerga move to Kobani will be by land or by air," he said.
Cavusoglu was asked about the allegations of Saleh Muslim, the leader of the Democratic Union Party, saying Turkey backed out on its promise to open corridors for Kurdish armed groups for fighting ISIL.
"There are no promises from Turkey to any group," he answered. "Everybody should be honest and transparent about the meetings. No promises made by Turkey."