In Syria to neutralise terrorists: Turkey

By Monitoring Desk
Saturday – October 12, 2019
ANKARA (Turkey): The ultimate goal of operation (op) peace spring, launched on October 9, 2019, in the face of multi-dimensional terror threats emanating from Syria against Turkish national security, is to ensure the security of the borders, to neutralise terrorists in the region and to save the Syrian people from the oppression of terrorists.

According to Turkish foreign office (FO) statement on Friday, in spite of this, some countries and circles voiced a number of allegations and comments, which were also reflected in various international media outlets.

The op is being conducted on the basis of international law, in accordance with our right of self-defence under Article 51 of the United Nations (UN) charter and resolutions of the UN security council (UNSC) on fight against terrorism.

PYD/YPG is the Syrian offshoot of PKK, which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).

During the planning and execution phases of the op, only PYD/YPG elements and their hideouts, shelters, emplacements, weapons, vehicles and equipment are being targeted.

All necessary measures are taken to prevent any harm to civilians and any damage to civilian infrastructure. Allegations that the operation will lead to a new humanitarian crisis and a mass migration flow are fabricated in order to discredit Turkey’s counter-terrorism efforts.

Turkey fought against DEASH terrorist organisation in Syria more than any other country and paid the heaviest price.

Countries which insist on the mistake of combating DEASH by using another terrorist organisation, remain idle to PYD/YPG’s release of DEASH detainees in line with the interest of the terrorist organisation and even refrain from repatriating their own citizens who are foreign terrorist fighters in the ranks of DEASH, do not have the right to lecture Turkey on the fight against DEASH.

Turkey has no plans whatsoever to modify the demographic structure in the operation area.

Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict, PYD/YPG terrorist organisation has oppressed and intimidated the local population, the Syrian Kurds in particular, and forcibly displaced them.

The crimes which PYD/YPG committed against humanity, first and foremost the practices of ethnic cleansing, have been documented by independent international organisations.

Preservation of the territorial integrity and political unity of its neighbour, Syria, is essential for Turkey.

Certain countries, which explicitly or implicitly support the separatist agenda of PYD/YPG terrorist organisation, are making baseless accusations against Turkey on this matter. This is a manifestation of their frustration for the disruption of their plans to divide Syria.

The allegation that op peace spring will damage efforts to reach a political solution in Syria is far from reality.

Turkey is one of the few countries that exerted maximum and genuine efforts to establish the constitutional committee, in close cooperation with other Astana guarantors and the UN.

Pursuing a separatist agenda that undermines the principle of territorial integrity and political unity of Syria, on which a political solution must be built upon, PYD/YPG cannot be regarded as a legitimate representative of any segment of the Syrian people.

Fighting against such a terrorist organisation will only contribute to the advancement of the political process.

Our main expectation from the international community, particularly from our allies, is to support our fight against terrorism. As it did in the past, Turkey will continue to firmly counter all kinds of terrorist organisations.

In another statement on Friday, the Turkish FO, strongly condemned and totally rejected the statement made by Panos Moumtzis, UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis in which he related the safe zone to be established in north-east Syria with the Srebrenica genocide.

Our reaction to this irresponsible statement, in which the regional coordinator oversteps his limits, has already been conveyed to UN officials.

The regional coordinator should be the best placed to know that Turkey hosts nearly four million Syrians and provides humanitarian aid to millions of people in this country.

The fact that the said person has not shown any sensitivity while the terror organisation PYD/YPG has applied oppression and violence foremost against Kurds, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Arameans and all the people of the region, can also be seen as a manifestation of an unhealthy point of view.

In addition, Turkey made the utmost effort in order to prevent the Srebrenica genocide and this fact in no doubt is well known by a UN official coming from this region. Turkish public opinion is highly sensitive on the Srebrenica genocide and thereby its abuse by a distorted mindset is utterly unacceptable.