Turkish army soldiers stand guard as Kurdish people wait in a hope to enter Cizre, a town subject to a curfew as part of a controversial operation against Kurdish rebels, on March 22, 2016 in Mardin, for Newroz celebration. Nowruz, the Farsi-language word for 'New Year', is an ancient Persian festival, celebrated on the first day of spring, March 21, in Central Asian republics, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN

Turkey plans to establish a security zone along its border with Syria, the country’s National Defense Council said in a communique distributed on Tuesday.

“[At the session], we have once again confirmed our plans to make all necessary efforts to establish a ‘peace corridor’ in the framework of ensuring the security of our borders,” the communique said.

The National Defense Council also noted that “Turkey’s position on the Eastern Mediterranean is based on the intent to ensure peace and stability in the region, and to contribute to developing regional cooperation.”

“Turkey will continue to adhere to a decisive and principled position aimed at defending the legal interests of Turkey and TRNC [Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus] in the Eastern Mediterranean based on the norms of international law,” the communique said.

The discussion about establishing a buffer zone on the Turkish border with Syria first started back in 2013. Several options were considered, including a no-fly zone and security zone on the Syrian territory for refugees. Ankara revisits this idea every year but it does not proceed any further for varying reasons.

Last week Turkey held consultations with the United States on establishing a security zone. On July 24, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Ankara and Washington did not reach an agreement on this issue. “Turkey has not reached an agreement with the US on how deep the security zone should be and on who would control it.” Ankara says that the buffer zone should be 30-40 km deep.

 

Source: TASS

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Karel Vd Geest

There will be no buffer zone, safe zone or any zone at all at the Syrian side of the border. My prediction.

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Yup. You have western patrols along the border, we increased aerial activity, there is not a single day where Rafale, Typhoon, F-22, F-35, F-16, F-15, F-18 aren’t marauding, and at lower level, AH-64 too, and we deployed SAMP/T batteries… If they want a buffer zone, they absolutely have the right to create one… into Turkey… In fact, we took Turkey to the word : we created a security zone in Syria… Against a Turkish invasion 🙂 If Erdogan wants to invade, he’ll have to shoot at US, French and Brit militaries and their aircraft added to German ones… In some… Read more »

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True. For a President who believes his Kidney is in his heart and one who doesn’t know who Rohingiya refugees are and where is Myanmar, I am sure he also doesn’t know the geographical location of Turki!

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Don’t mistake faked naivety for real one 😉 Might be more useful to speak about Burma : countries changing their names are boring, hey, we’re from a time there were 9 planets too…
Rohingya? Aren’t they Bangladeshi squatters in Burma and Burma is sending them back home?
Time we do the same with Turks in the EU, they’re parasites for our social welfare. Moreover, Kebab shops practise discrimination : only halal meat! You can’t have a pork-kebab too.

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Stern Daler

@AL Habibi. Wrong – pork kebab is called Gyros.

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+++ ““Turkey will continue to adhere to a decisive and principled position aimed at defending the legal interests of Turkey and TRNC [Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus] in the Eastern Mediterranean based on the norms of international law,” the communique said.” >>> Great, since Intl. law says the Turkish occupation of N.Cyprus is illegal and there is not a single country on Earth but Turkey recognising TRNC. Actually, the very interest of Turkish Cypriots is reunification : it’s obviously better for them to become EU citizens rather than being under Turkish dictatorship led by crazy Islamists. +++ “On July 24,… Read more »

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Nestor Arapa

Que establezca su zona de seguridad, pero en el lado Turco. Siria está en todo su derecho de defender la soberanía patrio. Espero que Rusia no apoye esta decisión unilateral de parte de Erdogan