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Wednesday, 23 October 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

The Turkish military operation in northeast Syria and its consequences (debate)

  David McAllister (PPE). – Madam President, the Turkish military operation in north—eastern Syria is yet another devastating event in an extremely tragic conflict. It has serious humanitarian, military and political repercussions, it causes suffering for the local people and it may contribute to a resurgence of Islamic terrorism. I would like to underline what colleagues, especially the group coordinators of the EPP, S&D and ALDE, have mentioned this morning.

I would like to inform you that this week in my capacity as Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) I published, together with the Chairs of the Foreign Affairs Committees of Germany, France, the United Kingdom and also the US House of Representatives, a joint statement on the Turkish invasion. In our letter, we consider the abandonment of the Syrian Kurds to be wrong as the Syrian Democratic Forces massively contributed to the successful yet unfinished fight against Daesh in Syria. We deeply regret the decision of the President of the United States to withdraw American troops from north-eastern Syria and we call upon the European Union and the Member States to take responsibility and engage in the conflict resolution.

In our draft resolution that will be voted tomorrow, we also call for a strong and comprehensive EU reaction to this ongoing crisis. A final remark – I welcome initiatives to establish an internationally controlled security zone in north-east Syria. Such a zone could stabilise the region and make sure that rebuilding civilian life is possible again.

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