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Wednesday, 23 October 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

The Turkish military operation in northeast Syria and its consequences (debate)
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  Catherine Rowett (Verts/ALE). – Madam President, a serious humanitarian crisis is rapidly developing in north—eastern Syria. Erdoğan will not tolerate the existence of a Kurdish Democratic Society in the region and seems set on a brutal offensive. Within the last two weeks, more than 176 000 people, including 80 000 children, have been displaced. We have heard from other speakers about the many reasons why we should protect these children and the Kurdish population who live there by right.

Yet it is not only lives and homes that will be lost if Turkey’s invasion is prolonged. Academics and political idealists the world over have admired Rojava’s democratic society, where women are empowered and humans live in harmony with the earth. Let us remember that the EU itself was born as a collaborative political experiment to combat authoritarianism and militarism. It is our task to support our nearest and weakest neighbours in resisting those same threats. The world is watching. What is needed is not just words but the kind of sanctions that work.

 
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