The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to launch a military operation in northern Syria once again, declaring that its goal is to create “a safe zone”, citing as usual the protection of Turkish national security and the return of Syrian refugees, as he announced at the beginning of current May his intention to return one million refugees from Turkey to northern Syria.
We affirm that the Turkish threat targets the Syrian sovereignty, exposes Syrian territories to further occupation and threatens the Syrian social fabric. We believe that the efforts to settle Syrians in areas that are not their areas after the displacement of the original inhabitants of the north, so that aims at bringing about the demographic change against the people of Kurdish nationalism. This is contrary to the provisions of the United Nations Resolution 2254 on the return of refugees and it is considered as a crime against humanity, especially since the distance of 30 kilometers that the Turkish president is talking about is a multi-component area of Kurds, Syrians, Yazidis, Armenians and Arabs. It includes the area where ISIS prisons and their families in.
We also emphasize that Turkey, relying on the Syrian factions loyal to it, did not achieve any safe models in the areas it occupied, such as Idlib, Afrin, Tel Abyad, Al-Bab and Ras Al-Ain, on the contrary, it committed the most terrible violations against the indigenous population and used Syrians as mercenaries in its foreign wars, and it became obvious that the Justice and Development Party aims to establish a jihadist emirate that includes the extremists and their leaders such as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Abd Allah Qardash, who were killed close to the Turkish military points. Thus, the northern border of Syria will become as a base that attracts all dreamers of the return of the Islamic Caliphate, especially if we take into account that the region of North and East Syria is still suffering from the danger of the return of the terrorist organization ISIS, in which the cells of the organization are actively active in this area, and only a few months have passed since the organization attempted last January to storm Ghweran prison in Al- Hasaka with the aim of liberating the organization’s detainees who are being held by the Syrian Democratic Forces. The aim of the operation was to liberate the organization’s families in al-Hol camp, which includes about sixty thousand people, and the control of a geographical area attracts its supporters again.
Turkish threats of a military operation pose a real threat to the future of the region and to the regional and international peace and security. Those threats thwart all efforts and sacrifices made in the fight against terrorism. they also pose a real threat to the form and future of the political solution in Syria as well as they aim to strengthen the position of extremists and terrorists geopolitically under the name of the opposition, which will strengthen their positions in the future of the planned settlements in Syria.
We are as members of the Syrian Democratic Council reject and condemn any possible military action, and confirm that the Turkish justice and Development Party is working to thwart the path of calm in Syria and aims to hinder international efforts aiming at support stability. We also believe that the countries participating in the Global Coalition against Daesh assume a primary responsibility and have the potentials to prevent the Turkish intervention, which will cause humanitarian disasters in the region that suffers from political, security and economic difficulties and challenges. The Turkish intervention will also expose national and religious minorities to the risks of displacement and ethnic cleansing, primarily Yazidis, Christians and Kurds.
We also call on the international community and the United Nations to deal seriously with the Turkish threats, to intervene quickly and to show strong and courageous positions to save the remaining hopes of the Syrians to come up with a political solution. We call on the Syrian people and their representatives, regardless of their positions, to show the national sense and responsibility above other political considerations, and to accept the principle of the national dialogue as an essential start to address the various aspects of the crisis in Syria.
On May 26th, 2022
The Syrian Democratic Council