UN Security Council fails to agree on statement against Turkey's Syria offensive


Associated Press has reported that the United Nations Security Council failed to agree on a statement denouncing Turkey’s offensive into northeast Syria targetting Kurdish militias.

Turkey says its operation will target only fighters aligned with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which it considers a terrorist group, but the Kurdish-led authorities in the region and Western observers have said they fear it will destabilise the region and lead to heavy casualties.

The operation, which Turkey calls Peace Spring, was launched on Wednesday after U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to pull American troops deployed alongside the SDF away from the border during a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday.

The U.S. president said on Wednesday that an “inhumane” Turkish operation would be cause for sanctions against Turkey or worse, but reiterated his wish to remove U.S. forces from the Middle East.

France and Britain, permanent members of the security council, were preparing a joint statement with Germany condemning the operation, Reuters reported on Wednesday. It was these countries that called for Thursday’s meeting.

But Russia has refrained from criticising Turkey’s operation, calling instead for dialogue between the Turkish government and the administration of Syrian President Bashar Assad, which Moscow has strongly backed throughout the eight-year conflict.

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