Kurdish National Council calls on International Coalition forces to stop Turkey’s threats

Editing Ayham Nasif | Translation Nouha Salti | Translation Editing Farah Nassif 🕔 Publication Date: December 23, 2018, 11:28:04 PM wire POLITICS Turkey

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On Sunday, the Kurdish National Council called on the International Coalition forces to stop Turkey’s threats of launching a military operation against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the area east of the Euphrates river. The threats coincided with the withdrawal of the United States troops from Syria.

The Kurdish National Council stated that they are taking the Turkish threats seriously and calling the international community and the International Coalition forces to claim their responsibility and take actions to stop these threats.  

The statement called on all Kurdish parties to avoid exclusivity in decisions concerning the fate of the Kurdish people. The statement stressed the importance of activating a political solution and forming a constitutional committee that works to fulfill the aims of Syrians of all components in reaching peace, freedom, democracy, and defeating terrorism.

About the decision of the United States President Donald Trump to withdraw the US troops from Syria, the Council said, “This decision increased confusion and stress state among the concerned and followers of the Syrian matter in general and the Kurdish areas east of the Euphrates river in particular, increasing the political situation’s complication.”   

On Saturday, the Kurdish National Alliance in Syria called on all Kurdish parties to resolve internal disagreements and avoid exclusivity in crucial decisions toward the Turkish threats.   

Earlier, members from the Kurdish Democratic Progressive Party called the Kurdish National Council and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party for a meeting to resolve their disagreements in order for all parties to reach a unified decision toward Turkey’s threats. The Kurdish National Council and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party did not attend the meeting.

These statements coincided with the US troops’ withdrawal from Syria after an agreement between the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his US counterpart Donald Trump, according to a US official.   

Ten days ago, Erdogan announced that Turkey would launch a military operation against the YPG in the area east of the Euphrates river within few days, but on Friday, Erdogan decided to delay the operation after the US decision to withdraw its troops from Syria.  

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Editing Ayham Nasif | Translation Nouha Salti | Translation Editing Farah Nassif 🕔 Publication Date: December 23, 2018, 11:28:04 PM wire POLITICS Turkey
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