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Belgium: Juncker calls on Turkey to stop Syria operation

Belgium, Brussels
October 09, 2019 at 18:58 GMT +00:00 · Published

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called on Turkey to exercise restraint in their military incursion into northern Syria on Wednesday in Brussels.

"I call on Turkey as well [as] on the other actors to act with restraint and to stop operations already, as we are speaking, underway," he said. "If the Turkish plan involves the creation of a so-called safe zone, don't expect the European Union to pay for any of it. A sustainable solution to the Syrian conflict can only be reached through a genuine political transition."

Earlier on Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the beginning of the operation to create a 'safe zone' cleared of US-backed Kurdish militias, which Ankara labels 'terrorists'.

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called on Turkey to exercise restraint in their military incursion into northern Syria on Wednesday in Brussels.

"I call on Turkey as well [as] on the other actors to act with restraint and to stop operations already, as we are speaking, underway," he said. "If the Turkish plan involves the creation of a so-called safe zone, don't expect the European Union to pay for any of it. A sustainable solution to the Syrian conflict can only be reached through a genuine political transition."

Earlier on Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the beginning of the operation to create a 'safe zone' cleared of US-backed Kurdish militias, which Ankara labels 'terrorists'.

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