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CHP leader accuses Baykal of serving AK Party's purposes.

ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- After main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) lawmaker and former leader Deniz Baykal expressed support for Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoy-lu's and the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) Syria policies, current CHP leader Kemal Kylycdaroy-lu has accused Baykal of helping the ruling party to emerge from its difficult situation, the HE-rriyet daily reported on Wednesday.

In its news report, the daily said Kylycdaroy-lu criticized Baykal's stance, saying: "If only he, a long-serving politician under the CHP, had shared his concerns or views with me instead of publicly supporting [Davutoy-lu and the AK Party]. He turned into a savior of the AKP [AK Party] at a time when its foreign policy is in crisis. I can't imagine a better time for his support for the AKP, whose foreign policy has collapsed. A year and a half ago, Baykal came to me and told me about his intention to take part in the CHP administration as its honorary chairman. In response, I told him to follow the necessary procedures for such a proposal, but he expected the CHP administration to clear the way for his position. So, don't take into consideration the divisive stance his comments show."

Davutoy-lu thanked Baykal on Tuesday for his support of the government.

Baykal voiced his support for the Turkish government's decision to shell Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) positions near the town of Azez in northern Syria to protect a strategic corridor between Aleppo and Turkey for rebel groups. "I think that the shelling of Azez is [necessary] to keep the Azez-Aleppo line open. Turkey has the right to do that. The shelling seems to be effective for now. It seems that there is a plan [for Turkey] to enter Aleppo from the south. Aleppo is a city of Sunni Islam. We should question any policy that would leave this city to Russia and [Syrian President Bashar] Assad," Baykal said during a live interview on Monday night.

The Turkish army has been shelling PYD positions near Azez for three days, threatening to render the Menagh Air Base seized by Kurds there "unusable" and warning that it will "react with force" to any further Kurdish advances.

Turkey has repeatedly warned PYD forces in recent months not to cross west of the Euphrates River. On Saturday, Turkey demanded that the People's Protection Units (YPG) -- the PYD's military wing -- withdraw from areas it had captured in the northern Aleppo region in recent days from insurgents in Syria, including the Menagh Air Base, and has targeted those areas. (Cihan/Today's Zaman) CyHAN

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