Syrian parliament denounces Turkish aggression plan as occupation: Peoples Dispatch

The Syrian parliament meets on June 9, 2022 (Photo: People’s Assembly/Facebook)

Syria’s parliament, the People’s Assembly, passed a resolution on Monday, June 13, denouncing Turkey’s planned invasion of the country, calling it an attempted occupation of Syrian lands that will threaten regional and international peace.

The resolution affirmed that “Syria will have full rights to resist the illegitimate presence of the occupation forces as well as its affiliated terrorist mercenaries”, adding that the Syrian forces will defend their sovereignty and their people against “the American, Turkish and Israeli”.

The resolution blamed Turkey for not respecting the agreements reached in Astana and Sochi under international mediation. He also condemned the Turkish bombardment of the villages and towns of Tal Tamr and Manbij, which caused the large-scale destruction of civilian properties and the displacement of hundreds of people earlier this month.

In May, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announcement that Turkish forces will resume the operation to create a 30 kilometer “safe zone” in northern Syria. Although he did not mention a specific date, Erdogan said the operation will start “suddenly” once preparations are complete.

Turkey invaded northern Syria in October 2019 to create the so-called “safe zone”, allegedly to prevent attacks by the People’s Protection Unit (YPG) forces. Turkey has alleged that the YPG is affiliated with the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK).

The PKK, formed in 1984, fights for the rights of Kurdish minorities in Turkey and seeks to establish an autonomous Kurdish region. Turkey declared the PKK a terrorist organization and accused it of carrying out numerous terrorist attacks inside the country. In northern Syria, the YPG is part of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which controls most of the Kurdish-dominated territory.

During the 2019 invasion, Turkish forces had captured two major cities of Tel Abyad and Ras al-Ain after days of fighting. Turkey later agreed to halt the aggression, following a ceasefire deal with Russia that included joint border surveillance.

Earlier, the Syrian government had called the Turkish plan to invade the country in the name of creating a so-called safe zone inside its territory a “colonial project”, which helps to “carry out plans terrorists against the Syrian people”.

On May 30, a Syrian official released a statement calling the Turkish plan a “shameful invasion plan” and an attempt to ethnically cleanse Syria’s northern territories by making demographic changes, Press TV rreported.

Most countries, including Russia and the United States, have urged Turkey to drop its plan to attack Syrian territories, saying such a move would further complicate the situation in the region.

Syria has been at war since 2011, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced more than half of Syria’s pre-war population of 20 million. The war led to the division of the country between the different warring parties. Much of northern Syria is still controlled by Turkish-backed opposition forces, where Turkey has carried out large-scale illegal construction in an attempt to resettle some of the Syrian refugees it hosts. The proposed invasion will pave the way for more such constructions, Erdogan claims.

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