European, Syrian figures warn of disastrous consequences of possible Turkish invasion

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – 250 European and Syrian figures warned on Tuesday of the disastrous consequences of any possible Turkish invasion of northern Syria, calling for some outstanding issues to be addressed through dialogue.

250 personalities signed a petition to the international community, warning of endangering the regional and international security and increasing the risks of the global terrorism in the event that Turkey launched any attacks on northern Syria, according to what was published on the SDC website.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier this month that Ankara would complete the 30-kilometre-deep security belt along the country’s border with Syria, as soon as possible.

The petition said that the area targeted by Turkey has more than 27 detention centers for ISIS militants in addition to camps for their families. These centers and camps are threatened by the loss of the security control.

It also warned of a new wave of refugees, whose numbers are estimated at hundreds of thousands, towards Western European countries.

The signatories called on the European Commission, the European Parliament, the UN and the public opinion to put an end to the growing Turkish threats and to prevent any possible invasion of Turkey that would lead to a catastrophe, human tragedy and ethnic cleansing.

They also called for exercising diplomatic pressure on Turkey to stop its escalation and force to respect the ceasefire agreements concluded in October 2019 and resolve outstanding issues through dialogue.

Following the Turkish “Peace Spring” military operation in October 2019, which resulted in the occupation of the two cities of Tel Abyad, north of Raqqa, and Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain), north of Hasakah, Turkey signed two ceasefire agreements, one with Russia and the other with the US.

The agreements stipulate halt of all hostilities there and the withdrawal of the SDF 30 km in depth away from the Turkish border in addition to conducting Turkish-Russian joint patrols in order to monitor the implementation of the agreements.

The signatories called for the formation of an international committee under the UN supervision to monitor military movements on the Syrian-Turkish borders and prevent clashes between the two parties.

Earlier today, 32 parties in northeast Syria called on the Global Coalition and Russia to impose a no-fly zone on the region, to prevent a new Turkish invasion that would cause harm to the lives of millions of residents.

Reporting by Adnan Hamo