Canada has joined its key allies in firmly condemning Turkey’s military incursion into northern Syria.
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland created Canada’s position clear in a series of late-afternoon tweets, saying the unilateral action by Turkey dangers rolling back the progress against militants affiliated with the Islamic State, also recognized as Daesh.
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Turkey’s military action is targeting Kurdish forces, and comes following U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly decided Sunday that American troops would not interfere in it — a radical shift in American foreign policy.
“Canada firmly condemns Turkey’s military incursion into Syria now,” Freeland stated on Twitter.
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“This unilateral action dangers undermining the stability of an currently-fragile area, exacerbating the humanitarian scenario and rolling back progress accomplished by the International Coalition Against Daesh, of which Turkey is a member.
“We get in touch with for the protection of civilians and on all parties to respect their obligations beneath international law, which includes unhindered access for humanitarian help.”
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Trump’s choice to withdraw from Syria drew widespread condemnation internationally and across celebration lines inside the U.S. since it is extensively observed as abandonment of the Syrian Kurdish fighters who have been America’s sole allies in Syria fighting the Islamic State group.
Trump stated he wanted to finish American involvement in what he known as “these endless, senseless wars.”
Tens of millions of Kurds reside on land divided amongst Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria, comprising sizable minority populations in each and every nation, and quite a few seek a separate state.
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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan desires to make a “safe zone” cost-free of Kurdish fighters, which it views as terrorists aligned with Kurdish rebels inside Turkey.
“We will preserve Syria’s territorial integrity and liberate regional communities from terrorists,” Erdogan stated shortly following the commence of what he calls “Operation Peace Spring.”
Right after the Turkish attack started, Trump known as it a “bad thought,” and Germany and the European Union, amongst other folks, have also criticized it.
Trump stated he would guarantee Turkey lived up to a commitment to guard civilians and religious minorities, which includes Christians, and to stop a humanitarian crisis. He also known as on Turkey to guarantee that captured Islamic fighters stay in custody.
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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas condemned the Turkish invasion “in the strongest attainable terms” and known as for its peaceful ending.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker also known as on Turkey to finish the operation, and stated that “if the Turkish strategy includes the creation of a so-known as protected zone, do not anticipate the European Union to spend for any of it.”
Turkey is a member of the NATO alliance, along with Canada, the United States and quite a few European nations, but it is not a member of the European Union.
“Trump’s craven and ill-advised retreat in Syria is a betrayal of our Syrian Kurdish partners, will instigate additional fighting, embolden a nonetheless-not-defeated ISIS, and reward our adversaries — Russia, Iran and the Assad government (in Syria). It will also do considerable harm to America’s credibility as the international leader,” stated Nicholas Burns, a former undersecretary of state for political affairs for ex-president George W. Bush.
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Canadian Forces troops utilized to train Kurdish safety forces in neighbouring Iraq, but have given that shifted concentrate to major the NATO coaching mission for Iraqi state safety forces, a commitment that extends to 2021.
Canadian unique forces worked in close speak to with Kurdish fighters, recognized as the peshmerga, for far more than 3 years to quit the advance of the Islamic State across northern Iraq.
But the 2017 choice by Kurdish political leaders to hold an independence referendum ended up alienating Canada and most of its allies.
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“The year 2017 was disastrous for Iraqi Kurdistan,” stated a report by the International Crisis Group since of the “ill-timed” referendum.
“Not only did they shed handle of massive swathes of the disputed territories and incur the wrath of just about each and every critical international or regional energy except Israel, but they also deepened political polarization in the Kurdish area amid reciprocal cries of betrayal when the curtain came down on the referendum gamble.”
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