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Safe zone in Syria must be without Turkish involvement, says senior Kurdish politician

Safe zone in Syria must be without Turkish involvement, says senior Kurdish politician

Xeber24.net – Ahval

The proposed buffer zone along the Turkish border should have no involvement from Ankara, said Syrian Kurdish politician and former co-chair of the Diplomatic Committee of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) Salih Muslim.

“We really need a safe area, but without Turkish fingers,”Muslim told on Saturday. “We want a safe area with an air embargo… there must be no role for Turkey.”

Muslim’s statement follows a tweet last week by U.S. President Donald Trump, suggesting the creation of a safe zone along Syria’s border with Turkey amid plans by Ankara to launch a military operation against Kurdsin the region.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday came on board with the idea, saying Ankara would set up a security zone some 32 kilometers (20 miles) deep into northeastern Syria in coordination with Washington.

Syria’s Kurds, however, were quick to reject a “security zone” under Ankara’s control along the Syrian side of the two countries’ border.

Senior Kurdish political leader and spokesperson for Kurdish umbrella organisation Movement for a Democratic Society (TEV-DEM) on Tuesday that Kurds would not accept a Turkish-controlled security zone in northern Syria, citing Ankara’s threats against Kurds, namely the U.S.-backed Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

Ankara sees the YPG as a threat and has vowed to destroy it amid fears of the creation of a Kurdish autonomous region that could encourage separatism amongst its own Kurds. The Kurds have been partners to the U.S. in pushing the Islamic State (ISIS) out of most of northern Syria.

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