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Wednesday, 23 October 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

The Turkish military operation in northeast Syria and its consequences (debate)
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  Assita Kanko (ECR). – Mr President, when I was a child, if someone would say that the Americans would come and save us, I actually tended to believe it because of American movies. I don’t know if it was right and I don’t know if today it would be wrong. If I was a child again and someone were to say, ‘wait, Europe will come and save you’, maybe I’d start saving myself.

Europe has chosen diplomacy as a powerful tool and I think this is very beautiful. Diplomacy is indeed a powerful tool, but only when the person across the table knows you are willing to act. We must show that, when it comes to ensuring global stability, the EU is not a talking shop but a beacon of hope for those fighting for freedom, for their lives.

We should halt licenses for arms exports to Turkey and consider putting in place economic sanctions. We must push for a no-fly zone in north-east Syria and call for peace talks to be resumed with the involvement of Kurdish representation. We should put an immediate block on European pre-accession aid and guarantee humanitarian assistance in the region for those displaced and in harm’s way. While some world leaders seek to retreat from their responsibilities in the Middle East, this is the time for the EU to step forward and also pay special attention to women suffering a lot of abuse over there.

 
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