Turkey has launched a military operation into northeastern Syria, they are using air strikes and howitzers since the start of operation, the Turkish defence ministry said late on Wednesday night.
chief of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini, demanded to stop “unilateral military action” in northeastern Syria as it undermines stability in the region and the prospects for political dialogue, according to her statement.
EU Chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday demanded Turkey halt its military operation against Kurdish militants in northern Syria. Juncker warned the military action would not lead to a , good result, saying a political solution was the only way to end the Syrian conflict.
I call on Turkey as well as the other actors to act with restraint and to stop operations already, as we are speaking, under way, Juncker told the European Parliament.
“The United States didn’t give Turkey a green light:
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would devastate Turkey’s economy if Ankara’s incursion in Syria wipes out the Kurdish population there. “I’ve already done it once with Pastor Brunson,” Trump said referring to U.S. sanctions slapped on Turkey over the detention of an American. “I hope that he will act rationally,” he said.
Trump, however, already gave the green light to Turkey to move into Kurdish areas of northern Syria in a Sunday phone call with Turkish President Erdogan. U.S. troops began to pull back from their positions very soon afterwards. Erdogan is scheduled to visit the White House next month.
Mike Pompeo defended President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops from the border area, which has sparked an outcry at home and abroad, adding that Turkey has a “legitimate security concern” and “a terrorist threat to their south”.
He said reports the US had allowed Turkey to launch the offensive were “just false. “The United States didn’t give Turkey a green light,” he said.
We are deeply concerned at the unilateral military offensive by Turkey in north-East Syria. Turkey’s actions can undermine stability in the fight against terrorism. Its action has the potential for causing humanitarian and civilian distress,” the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.
New Delhi called upon Turkey to exercise restraint and respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria. “We urge the peaceful settlement of all issues through dialogue and discussion,” the statement added.
any military operation must fully respect the UN Charter
UN spokesperson said, “the Secretary-General is very concerned by the recent developments in northeast Syria,” adding that “any military operation must fully respect the UN Charter and international humanitarian law.”
Reading from a statement, UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters today, that the UN chief believes “there is no military solution to the Syrian conflict,”
And reiterated that “only an inclusive and credible political process pursuant to Security Council resolution 2254, can bring a long-term solution to the conflict in Syria.
Haq continued, “as the Security Council reaffirmed yesterday, in its Presidential statement, any solution must respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria.
On humanitarian front, Haq said “the UN does not have an alternative form of delivery that could replicate the timely and its reach of its cross-broader activities.
particularly as the access to the northwestern Syria for humanitarian partners registered at Damascus was restricted.
He reiterated it remains “critical to fully preserve all possible avenues for humanitarian access.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed Ankara’s military operation in northern Syria over the phone, the Kremlin said Wednesday.
Putin called on Turkish partners to carefully weigh the situation so as not to damage the overall efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis, the Kremlin said in a press release.
Both sides noted the importance of ensuring the unity and territorial integrity of Syria and respect for its sovereignty, it read.