US arms to YPG will not end up in PKK hands: PYD leader
Weapons promised to be delivered to the Syria Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) by the United States will not end up in the hands of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the leader of Democratic Union Party (PYD), the main Kurdish party in Syria, said.

Salih Muslim said that they will give “reasonable guarantees” to the Americans in this regard, adding that they have given guarantees to the Americans that the weapons do not end up in PKK hands.

Speaking to Voice of America (VOA), Muslim welcomed the decision by the new US administration to deliver arms to the YPG.

 “This was a late decision, but it is a positive step,” Muslim told VOA Turkish, describing the US move as a “sacred decision” on the radio’s Kurdish service.

 “I do not wish to discuss military matters,” Muslim said. “But we give this guarantee. We are in need of weapons ourselves, and as support we are asking for weapons. Then how could it be possible that we give our weapons to other organizations? The PKK is another issue ad have their own methods. But the weapons will never end up in PKK hands. I believe that those who deliver weapons will take precautions. They will get reasonable guarantees [beforehand].”

Muslim said this was the first time the Americans dealt directly with the YPG since the United States joined the campaign against IS in Iraq and Syria about three years ago.

Reporter’s code: 50101

News Code: 15927  |  Date: 2017/05/15  |  Time: 10 : 57

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