CAIRO – The Syrian government strongly rejected on Thursday the agreement reached by the United States and Turkey to create a safe zone under Turkish military control in northeastern Syria, and considered it an attack against the country’s sovereignty.
“Syria expresses categorical rejection of the agreement announced by the US and Turkish occupations on establishing the so-called (safe zone) which constitutes a blatant aggression against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic,” a foreign ministry source said as cited by Syrian news agency SANA.
The source considered the pact, which was reached on Wednesday and included the creation of a joint operation center in Turkey the creation of the safe zone to control tensions between US-backed Kurdish militia and Turkish forces, “a flagrant violation of the principles of the international law and the UN Charter.”
According to SANA, the source warned that the agreement is a reflection of the association between the two countries to harm Syria and fulfill the Israeli occupation interests and Ankara’s aspirations to expand its territory beyond its borders.
“This agreement has very clearly exposed the US-Turkey partnership in the aggression against Syria which serves the interest of the Israeli occupation entity and the Turkish expansionist ambitions and it unequivocally exposed the misleading and evasiveness which govern the policies of the Turkish regime,” the source added.
The source called on the international community and the UN to intervene and condemn the US-Turkey violations that “hinders all positive efforts for finding a solution to the crisis in Syria.”
The announcement of the pact came days after the Turkish capital Ankara reiterated its threat to intervene northeastern Syria militarily in the absence of an agreement with Washington on this matter.
Both parties agreed to implement the pact as soon as possible, without mentioning an exact date or clarifying the size of the zone to be under the Turkish military control.
Turkey and the United States have been negotiating for months for the creation of a security strip along the eastern part of the Syria-Turkey border, east of the Euphrates river, in a territory of Kurdish majority dominated by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
Ankara considers the YPG terrorists because of its links with the Turkish Kurdish guerrilla force, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
The US is the YPG’s main ally in its offensive against the IS terror organization.