'Turkey has no designs on any country’s territory'

Alaturka Amerika ABD Haberleri

By Burak Bir

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey’s presidential spokesman said on Monday about Turkey's potential operation to northern Syria that Turkey does not have designs on any country's territory.

"As part of the Syria's territorial integrity, the safe zone plan has two purposes, to secure our borders by eliminating terror elements and to ensure the safe return of refugees," Ibrahim Kalin said on Twitter.

Turkey is strong and determined, he added.

Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said on Twitter early Monday that Turkey's fight against terrorism continues both within and outside the country's borders.

The main element of this struggle is the strategy of eradicating terror completely at its source and Turkey's fight would continue until peace is fully established, he added.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU — has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the Syrian branch of the terrorist PKK.