Turkish Presidency spokesman criticises magazine accusing Erdoğan of ethnic cleansing

Turkish Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalın on Thursday criticised French magazine Le Point's cover titled "The eradicator: ethnic cleansing, the Erdogan method".

"A France that colonised Algeria, Gabon, Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea, Congo, Tunisia, Comoro Islands, Madagascar, Djibouti, Mali, Benin, Chad and Morocco, killed thousands of people and perpetrated slave trade, watched Rwanda massacre... And a French magazine that casts 'ethnic cleansing' aspersion," Kalın said on Twitter.

Turkey launched an offensive in northeast Syria on Oct. 9 to clear Syrian Kurdish forces which Ankara sees as affiliates of outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) from the planned safe zone. Turkey said it would resettle some two million Syrian refugees in the area, which has raised concerns of ethnic cleansing. 

Several Western leaders, including European lawmakers and U.S. senators, retaliated Turkey's plan saying that it would mean ethnic cleansing of Syrian Kurds from the proposed safe zone.

French President Emmanuel Macron also criticised Turkey's incursion in northeast Syria and led efforts to force an EU-wide halting of arms exports to Turkey.

"It is obvious why they attack our President: They panicked after their pawns in Syria, PKK, was inflicted a heavy blow. They try every way to defend their puppets but they get no results," Kalın said.