Turkey only has one option, peace process with PKK: Aaron Stein

Aaron Stein, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, has tweeted that “Turkey only has one option – a peace process with the PKK” amid unfavourable developments in Syria.

Stein took to Twitter to analyse news that Russia will set up a military base in the Afrin Canton of the de-facto autonomous administration in northern Syria (Rojava) after having brokered a deal with the People’s Protection Units (YPG).

Agreed on Sunday, the deal will mean the presence of Russian troops in the north-western canton as well as the training of Kurdish fighters against terrorism, YPG spokesperson Redur Xelil, told Reuters.

With Turkey boxed in at al-Bab from the east, south and west by Russia, Syria and the Kurds respectively, Stein argues, events in Syria are “completely at odds with Turkish interests”.

Although Stein does not elaborate on why a peace process with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) would be Turkey’s only option, other analysts, and even the USA, have corroborated the idea that a renewed dialogue between the PKK and Turkish state would be a welcome development for the stability of the region.