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Parliamentary questions
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20 December 2018
E-006441-18
Question for written answer E-006441-18
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Julie Ward (S&D)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Threatened Turkish invasion of Rojava
 Answer in writing 

President Trump’s plan to withdraw US troops from northern Syria raises fears of giving a green light for the Turkish Government to invade the region known as Rojava. President Erdoğan claims to fight ‘terrorism’ in Syria, but attacks the very forces — the YPG and Kurdish-led SDF — proven to be the Western coalition’s most reliable partners in the campaign to eradicate Da’esh, the so-called Islamic State.

A Turkish invasion could harm Kurdish autonomy and destroy Rojava’s secular, democratic and gender-equal society. It threatens with the displacement of millions of civilians currently co-existing peacefully as Kurds, Arabs, Syriacs, Assyrians and Armenians of Muslim, Yazidi and Christian faiths.

1. Has the EU called on the UN Security Council to resolve to protect this area from aggression with peace-keeping troops and by declaring it a no-fly zone?

2. Will the EU denounce any Turkish invasion and take steps to ensure meaningful sanctions are in place before Mr Erdoğan’s likely actions produce another four million refugees to be used as bargaining power?

3. Will the EU urgently send an official delegation to Rojava and meet there with the YPG, YPJ, SDF and the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria?

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