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15/10/2019: President Bonsi writes to Erdogan: “we ask for the immediate cessation of military operations by Turkey”
President Bonsi writes a harsh letter to Turkish President Erdogan: “These days we are following, carefully and with great concern, the massive military offensive, called “Operation source of peace”, unleashed by Turkey against the Syrian Kurds, in the north-east of Syria” and again “We are convinced that the political solution is the only viable route, also to avoid militarily affecting the Syrian Kurdish civil population and to trigger an escalation of violence that could involve other states, which cannot accept this war attack with indifference”.
The letter concludes: Therefore, we ask for the immediate cessation of military operations by Turkey and the establishment of an international discussion table (including at the UN) to resolve the situation”.
“The Turkish aggression against the Syrian Kurds” – explains the President – “risks setting off a spiral of violence and political destabilization without precedent.
The Kurds can now count on the support of Syrian troops and this complicates things even more.
The United States, Russia and the European Union, for now, are showing great indignation, but in reality they are not doing anything concrete.
The United States has even withdrawn the troops present in that area and if on the one hand they should help the Kurds – whom we remember fought alongside the US to defeat ISIS – on the other there is the problem that the Kurds are allied with Assad.
Russia is blocked because it is Syria’s historic ally, but relations with Turkey are increasing in order to have influence in Europe.
Europe is blocked because it is a hostage to Erdogan’s threats to open borders and let more than 3.5 million Syrian refugees arrive in Europe.
In the midst of this chaos there is the UN that, as usual, lives in a state of perennial inertia.
We are trying with every means to move this stalemate, but the situation is very complicated, because in addition to the problems of alliances, there are also commercial problems; in fact, Europe, for example, is one of the largest arms suppliers to Turkey.
Finally, it is right to point out the Pope’s shameful silence on this story which is also, and perhaps above all, humanitarian.
We have made a proposal, now we hope that states will intervene quickly and stop what is likely to become yet another massacre”.
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