AB Dış İlişkiler Temsilcisi Mogherini’den Afrin açıklaması: Çok endişeliyiz (english)
Avrupa Birliği’nin (AB) Dış İlişkiler ve Güvenlik Politikasından Sorumlu Yüksek Temsilcisi Federica Mogherini Türkiye’nin Afrin’e yönelik başlattığı Zeytin Dalı Harekatı nedeniyle ‘çok endişeli’ olduklarını açıkladı.
Q.: I have a question on the Turkish operations in the enclave in Afrin against the YPG. How do you see the recent developments, also with regards to the situation of the population on the ground?
I am extremely worried. We discussed this today with the Ministers at the opening of our meeting. I am extremely worried and I will discuss this, among other things, with our Turkish interlocutors – the Minister for European Affairs, Mr. [Ömer] Çelik, is visiting Brussels in the coming days and I will try to set up a meeting with him, even if at short notice.
I am extremely worried for two main reasons, I believe along the lines you have seen in declarations from Member States – I don’t see differences here in the European Union. One side is the humanitarian one: we need to make sure that humanitarian access is guaranteed and that the civilian population and people are not suffering from military activities on the ground. We also need to make sure that any military activity is focused at anti-Da’esh, in terms of strategy. And the other thing that worries me and us a lot is the fact that this, among other things, including military activities from others in Syria, can undermine seriously the resumption of talks in Geneva, which is what, we believe, could really bring sustainable peace and security for Syria with a political transition. This requires the situation on the ground to be as calm as possible and the regime in Damascus to commit to political negotiations under U.N. auspices.