Germany’s Green Party calls for sanctions against Turkey over Syria offensive

The German Green’s Party has called for sanctions against Turkey over the country’s offensive in northeast Syria targeting Kurdish forces, pro-Kurdish Fırat news agency reported on Sunday.

The left-wing German party passed a motion for a series of sanctions against Turkey, including against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and members of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), during a conference in Bielefeld on Saturday evening, it said.

The motion by the Greens calls for the complete halt of all arms exports to Turkey, ending the agreement between the European Union and Turkey to supply millions in aid for the country’s Syrian refugees, among other measures, the agency said. 

Turkey launched a military offensive against Kurdish-controlled towns in northern Syria along its border on Oct. 9, and the operation ended after nine days as Turkey made two separate agreements with the United States and Russia for the withdrawal of Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara sees as a national security threat.

Hundreds of people have been killed and more than 300,000 displaced as a result of the offensive.

Ankara maintains the YPG is linked to outlawed Kurdish insurgents in Turkey, but the United States partnered with the group in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) and is now deploying forces alongside it in areas of northeast Syria.