Human Rights

US, European lawmakers condemn Turkish military operation N. Syria

WASHINGTON, US Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Eliot Engel condemned late Monday in a joint statement with his German, French, British and the European Parliament counterparts the Turkish military operation in Northern Syria.

Affirming the need of “immediate and sustained joint action,” the statement said “We, the Chairs of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the Parliaments of Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the European Parliament and the House of Representatives of the United States of America, jointly condemn in the strongest terms the Turkish military offensive in northeastern Syria.” It stressed that they consider the action as a “military aggression and a violation of international law,” and that it is “causing suffering for the local people who are forced to flee and a further instability in Syria and the neighboring region.

“We deeply regret the decision of the President of United States to withdraw American troops from northeastern Syria which marks another landmark in the change of American foreign policy in the Near and Middle East,” the statement added. “We hope the United States will take up its responsibility in Syria again.

“Equally we call upon the European Union and its member states to take responsibility and engage in the conflict resolution. We are in need of immediate and sustained joint action. There is only one path to follow: a firm and resolute attitude,” the statement stressed.

It concluded saying “this horrible war touches and affects the peoples of our countries in such an enormous way. For that reason, we, as members of our parliaments, feel compelled to making our common position clear”.

Source: Kuwait News Agency