German parliamentary report labels Turkey as occupying force in Syria

Turkey is conducting a military occupation in Syria, where it has launched an offensive targeting Kurdish forces in the country’s northeast,  a German parliamentary report has found.

The report issued by the Research Services of the German Bundestag labels Turkey as an occupying power in Syria, Deutsche Welle Turkish reported on Sunday citing German DPA news agency.

"The presence of Turkish forces in Afrin and Azez, Al-Bab and Jarablus, as a whole, meet the criteria of military occupation when examined in terms of international law,’’ the report said. 

Turkey has launched three military operations in northern Syria in three years, the latest of which began on Oct. 9 targeting the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and has been paused until Tuesday following a deal for a five-day ceasefire.

The nine-page analysis, prepared on the initiative of the German Left Party, follows a report in May, which posed questions on the legality Turkey’s 2018 military operation in Syria’s Kurdish-held Afrin.

"Not evaluating Turkey’s offensive and occupation in Syria as a violation of the international law despite all expert reports and the stance of all parties with a group in the German parliament is a scandal,” Left Party's MP Sevim Dağdelen said. 

Reports prepared by the Research Services of the German Bundestag aim to inform lawmakers on matters that require subject matter expertise and do not reflect the views of German parliament.