Addressing the Parliament’s opening ceremony in Ankara, President Tayyip Erdogan has indicated that Turkey will not wait anymore for its allies and the US to act in the military incursion which is necessary for the establishment of the ‘Safe Zone’.
The Turkish plan is to re-home up to 2 million Syrian refugees that are currently in Turkey after the area can be cleared off the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia who have been backed the United States and are considered a terrorist organization by Ankara.
After a battle that has devastated the lives of Syrian for close to eight years, the safe zone is looking like the only hope till the country can be rid of various militias and a proper government is set up. Ankara and NATO ally Washington had finally agreed a few months back to establish a zone along 480 km of the border that Turkey wants to be 30 km deep.
Political analysts have indicated Turkey’s interest in the said region due to Syria’s rich oil and gas reserves in that particular stretch.
Turkey had asked for unilateral military action and kept a deadline of the end of September which has now passed, without any concrete steps taken by the US or the allied nations. Turkey has been repeatedly stressing upon its needs for funds to home the Syrian refugees and how the EU nations have been failing to keep their side of the promise, putting immense pressure on the Turkish resources.
On the flip side of it, Turkey might not be in for a skirmish with the ill-tempered Trump administration right now, but the decision to go ahead with getting rid of the Kurdish YPG presence might not go in Erdogan’s favor after all. In the last few days, many country leaders have expressed dissatisfaction with the UN about US actions and called them ‘acts of tyranny’. It has also been pointed out, that various sanctions and moves made by America are in direct violation of the UN guidelines and show blatant disregard for the sovereignty of other nations.
These include Iran and China in particular and Turkey runs the risk of being sanctioned aswell.
In the past, Trump has been foul over Erdogan opting out of the sale of S400s from the US and preferring to buy more advanced military systems from Russia, a decision which led to the US dropping Turkey from the F-35 program.
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