The President of the Executive Body of the Syrian Democratic Council, Ilham Ahmed, received a delegation of the displaced people of the Afrin region, coinciding with the fourth anniversary of the start of the Turkish aggression on the region of Afrin, northwest Syria.
Ahmed stressed to the delegation of the displaced people of Afrin the importance of the Afrin issue and its liberation, which is one of the priorities of issues in which the Syrian Democratic Council works for, in addition to the other Syrian areas occupied by Turkey in the North of Syria and to ensure a safe and dignified return for the displaced people.
On January 20th, 2022, marks the fourth anniversary of the Turkish invasion and occupation of the safe area of Afrin, the perpetration of the most egregious violations, and the actions of mercenary and extremist factions that commit war crimes and crimes against humanity, according to the reports of the human rights committees.
The “SDC” reiterated its condemnation of the international silence regarding what is happening in Afrin, and called for the need to work to end the Turkish occupation and expel all the affiliated factions with it from the Afrin region and the rest of the Syrian regions occupied by it.
The attendees discussed methods to assist the forcibly displaced from Afrin in the al-Shahba areas and work to deliver the urgent humanitarian aid to them, and called on the relevant UN institutions to assume their responsibilities in treating Afrin’s displaced people in accordance with UN laws as forcibly displaced people and displaced persons in general.
The meeting members also discussed methods and possibilities for the return of the people of Afrin, and making all possibilities for a safe return for the indigenous people of Afrin and to remove all forms of the demographic change and ethnic cleansing in Afrin.
At the national level, the meeting members saw that the Afrin issue is a national issue, and all Syrians should be unified in order to end the Turkish occupation of Afrin and all the occupied Syrian regions, and work to change the international interests that serve the continuation of the Turkish occupation of the Syrian regions.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the participants stressed the need to end war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Afrin region, bring the perpetrators to justice, and hold Turkey accountable in accordance with international laws as an occupying power.