Sunday, 22 September, 2019

Turkey could set up the zone by itself in northern Syria

Turkey cannot bear new influx of migrants Erdogan US military officials in Turkey for Syria ‘safe zone’ talks
Patty Aguilar | 11 September, 2019, 01:33

However, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said United States efforts to create the buffer zone so far were "cosmetic", and accused Washington of trying to "buy time".

Turkey accused the United States on Tuesday of taking only "cosmetic steps" toward the creation of a so-called "safe zone" in northeast Syria and renewed Ankara's threat of unilateral military intervention to form a buffer area along its border.

On Aug. 7, Turkish and USA officials agreed to set up a safe zone and develop a "peace corridor" in northern Syria which would address Ankara's security concerns about a Kurdish faction that controls the territory.

Turkey has accused the United States of dragging its feet over the creation of a buffer zone in northern Syria meant to prevent conflict between Turkish and pro-Kurdish forces in the country.

"We are speaking about an ally who can't act independently from the terror group", Cavusoglu explained, referring to the U.S.

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President Tayyip Erdogan said last week Turkey also aims to send 1 million of the 3.6 million Syrian refugees it hosts to the planned safe zone in northern Syria. -Turkish tensions as Ankara is attempting to increase its influence in the ongoing Syrian civil war and prevent its border region from becoming a stronghold for Kurdish militia forces.

The safe zone is meant to create a buffer between Turkey and Syrian areas controlled by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).

Cavusoglu's remarks coincided with the arrival of two top U.S. military officials in Turkey for talks over the safe zone, said the Defense Ministry in a statement.

Turkey can not bear a new influx of migrants from Syria, Turkish president said in the capital Ankara on Tuesday. The military officials from the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies also established a joint operation center in Akcakale on August 29.

Firat added that Sunday's joint patrols were "just for show" on the part of the Americans, and that Turkish soldiers wanted to go far deeper into Syria than the five-kilometre area that they covered.

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