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Wednesday, 23 October 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

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

  Antony Hook (Renew). – Madam President, Turkey’s offensive against Kurds in northern Syria has devastated medical facilities, civilians, and deprived thousands of people of access to clean water. This is helping ISIS to revive and further destabilise the region. Some Member States promptly banned arms sales to Turkey. Liberal Democrat MEPs wrote to the UK Prime Minister to demand we also stop enabling genocide. The UK has now promised to issue no new export licenses, but will not review licenses already granted. This is a moral halfway house that is not acceptable and Donald Trump supporting actions in this matter underlines the need for a strong, effective Europe. If we give arms to those who commit crimes we are responsible as those who pull the trigger. There has been no real prospect of Turkey joining the EU for many years. The time has come to formally end Turkey’s status as an EU candidate country.

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