EU should impose economic sanctions and a full ban on arms sales to Turkey following its military intervention in Syria.

Kati Piri, S&D vice-president responsible for foreign affairs, said:

“The establishment of a so-called ‘safe zone’ has de facto become the establishment of a war zone and the Turkish invasion of Northeast Syria. The cynical withdrawal of US forces made Putin, Assad, Turkey, Iran and ISIS the winners, and the losers are the citizens of Northeast Syria and the credibility of the West.”

“More than 200 civilians and 600 primary Kurdish fighters have been killed since the start of the military operation, and more than 300 000 civilians had to leave their homes and are now displaced. The latest reports on the alleged use of white phosphorous against civilians are in clear breach of the Geneva Convention. The summary execution of Kurdish politician Hevrin Khalaf, one of the many courageous women in Northeast Syria, is an absolute outrage. All the perpetrators of these heinous acts must be prosecuted. The Kurds must be part of any future discussion on a Syrian Constitution.”

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