Syrian Foreign Ministry compares Turkey’s operations on the border with ethnic cleansing

Syria considered Turkey's actions on its northeastern border illegal, and also saw in them similarities to ethnic cleansing. Ankara previously announced plans to launch a new military operation in Syria to create a security zone

Syria considers Turkey's actions to create a “security zone” illegal; on its territory, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said.

“Any measures or actions carried out by the government of the Turkish regime on Syrian territory, primarily its policy of ethnic cleansing in the occupied Syrian territories, are illegal,”— said the ministry.

Damascus believes that the Turkish authorities want to create an “explosive outpost” inside the country; and “continue to sponsor and arm terrorist organizations.”

The Foreign Ministry stressed that Syria reserves the right to take all measures provided by law and international law to put an end to ” occupation and ethnic cleansing” carried out by Turkey.

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Erdogan said last week that Turkey plans to launch a new military operation in Syria in continuation of efforts to create a 30-kilometer “safety zone” along the Turkish-Syrian border. The area is controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces alliance, which includes the Kurdish YPG.

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In October 2019, Turkey conducted a military operation “Source of Peace” against the Kurds in Syria near their border. Then Ankara announced the goal of creating a 30-kilometer security zone. First, the United States agreed with the Turkish side on a five-day ceasefire, after this period, Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a memorandum to stop hostilities. Ankara retained the main territory occupied during the operation, but it failed to create a security zone along the entire border with Syria.

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