German Parliament discussed Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch

German Bundestag, the national parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany, discussed Turkey’s military operation in Afrin, Syria on Thursday. Turkey’s Ambassador to Germany, Ali Kemal Aydın followed the Bundestag session on Afrin. 

Armin Paulus Hampel talked during the session on behalf of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AFD) party, saying that Turkey’s operation violates international law, while Ulrich Lechte talking on behalf of the classical liberal Free Democratic Party demanded that the German government end arms sales to Turkey.

Member of the German Green Party Claudia Roth asked the German government “what more is needed to clearly express that Turkey is acting against international law?” while Nils Schmid from the coalition government partner Socialist Party said, “we are asking the Turkish government to return to the peace process”. 

Kurdish groups protested outside the Bundestag throughout the session. 

Germany had announced a temporary moratorium on arms sales to Turkey in February until German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel’s release from Turkish detention on Feb. 16. Yet, Germany has issued more licenses for arms sales to Turkey in the 54 days since the beginning of the Turkish offensive against the Kurdish-held Syrian enclave of Afrin than in the whole of 2017.

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