Turkey, which ostensibly seems to assist in the Syria peace plan, is, as a matter of fact, keeping the country under occupation, with the international community turning a blind eye to its aggressive actions in the country, Academician Ruben Safrastyan, Director of the National Academy’s Institute of Oriental Studies, said Wednesday.
“Turkey is considered an aggressor. And notably, all the countries have put up with the idea, as we do not see any statement today – by either major superpowers or the United Nations’ Security Council – to condemn the country. What’s bad though is that many civilians are being killed. The Turkish authorities pursue aggression in not only their foreign policies but also internally they intensify the pressures against the Kurds.
In the recent military operations alone, more than 600 arrests were reported, with most involving individuals who expressed complaints through the social networks,” he told reporters.
The expert said he still hesitates to specify any red lines for the country in the light of President Recept Tayyip Erdogan plan to create a 30km security zone.
“The Turkish plan is to create a security zone as deep as 30 kilometers along the Syrian border. If we consider the length, it is about 24,000km. So that’s virtually the territory which Turkey seeks to keep under occupation. Moreover, they have announced a plan for creating a dead zone to rule out any population’s presence. That’s a statement of genocide or ethnic cleansing [threatened] by country leaders. Yet, none of these statements have so far received an adequate reaction by the international community. But Turkey is unlikely to succeed in its plan as the United States have stated that they will not withdraw their troops from Manbij,” Safrastyan added.