Manbij Executive Council refuses Turkish management of safe zone in Northeastern Syria

Editing Ayham Nasif | Translation Muhammad Ghaith | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: January 22, 2019, 10:56:45 PM wire MILITARYPOLITICS People's Protection Units

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On Tuesday, the Autonomous Administration's Executive Council in Manbij, 80 kilometers east of Aleppo, Northern Syria, refused one-sided Turkish management of a safe zone in Northeastern Syria.

Muhammad Kheir, a member of the council, said that they support the idea of establishing a safe zone in Northeastern Syria to sustain security and stability, but under United Nations (UN) and international supervision. Kheir refused Turkey's request to manage the safe zone.

Kheir added that a safe zone is a buffer zone between two neighboring countries or regions that UN separation forces can manage in case of conflict.

On Wednesday, the Syrian Democratic Forces said that they are ready to help establish a safe zone in Northeastern Syria on the condition of international assurances and without foreign intervention. The United States President Donald Trump suggested establishing the area.

Turkey intends to launch a military operation against the People's Protection Units, which it considers a terrorist organization. The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Defense Minister Hulusi Akar both stated that Turkey is ready to launch the operation in the area east of the Euphrates river.

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Editing Ayham Nasif | Translation Muhammad Ghaith | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: January 22, 2019, 10:56:45 PM wire MILITARYPOLITICS People's Protection Units
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