American and European sources expressed deep concern on Friday regarding the upcoming resignation of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. The sources described him as a "moderate voice" in the administration of President Tayyip Erdogan. They said the US and European countries had turned to the prime minister many times in an effort to moderate Erdogan's policies on major issues such as the war in Syria, the flow of Syrian refugees to Europe, the war on ISIS, and the Turkish policy towards the Kurds in Turkey, Syria and Iraq.
Davutoglu's decision to step down later this month means that the Americans and the Europeans are losing the senior Turkish official who has been willing to mediate between them and Erdogan.
The sources emphasized that one of the main reasons for Davutoglu's decision to resign was his more moderate stance regarding the Kurds. They said that if Erdogan continues his hard-line policy toward the Turkish Kurds, who are concentrated in the southern part of the country, the situation could deteriorate into a civil war.