The Turkish Ambassador to Sierra Leone, HE Deha Erpak, on Monday 14th October 2019, disclosed that with just four days operation of the Syrian border towns with Turkey, over 500 PYD/YPG terrorists have been eliminated with 40 communities liberated. He made this disclosure in an interview conducted at the Turkish Embassy, Vila 3, Dream Atlantic Garden, 54 Lumley Beach Road, Aberdeen. According to Amb Erpak, Turkey successfully concluded operation Euphrates Shield and operation Olive Branch in 2017 and 2018 respectively, allowing more than 360, 000 Syrians return home with over 4,000 kilometers from DEASH and PYD/YPG terror. He said terror threats targeting Turkish border areas is yet to finish as they have been exposed to hundreds of cases of hostile acts by these terrorist groups over the last two years using tunnels dug along the region. The Turkish Ambassador assured that there are growing evidence about PYD/YPGs human rights violations including child soldier recruitment, intimidating dissidents, demographic engineering and forced conscription in areas under their control. “We reiterated that Turkey should not be expected to tolerate the presence of terrorists at its borders,” he said, explaining that the presence of terrorist groups pursuing separatist agendas also threatens the territorial integrity and Unity of Syria. With these threats, according to him, the Turkish Armed Forces launched the “Operation Peace Spring” that commenced on the 9th October 2019, with the objective of ensuring their border security, neutralize terrorists in the region and also save Syrians from oppression and cruelty.
Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.
He disclosed they are carrying out this operation in accordance with their rights to self-defense as outlined in Article 51 of the UN Charter and the relevant Security Council resolutions 1373 (2001), 1624 (2005), 2170 (2014) and 2178 (2014) 2249 (2015) and 2254 (2015) and in full respect of Syria’s territorial integrity and unity. “We intend to continue the operation until all terrorists have been wiped out of the region, our border security has been ensured and local Syrians have been liberated from the tyranny of PYD/YPG as well as the DAESH threat’” he assured. According to him, Turkey has no intention of occupying Syrian land or territory neither do they have interest in targeting a specific tribe or religion but rather chasing terrorists who have succeeded in transforming Syria into a terrorist hub as there are no Syrian government troops along that area. “This is not a fight against Kurdish or Syrians but against terrorists and also to protect the area from threat and also encourage economic and social development,” he said. Amb Erpak however, assured that once the area is completely peaceful, the Turkish troops will hand over the terrain to the local people who are eager to return to their mother land.
By Alhaji Manika Kamara
Login or Subscribe to read the entire article