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EU foreign ministers condemned Turkey’s military actions in Syria

14. October 2019 - 15:17

The foreign ministers of the EU began today’s meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg with a discussion on the situation in Syria, making a joint statement to condemn Turkey’s military action in north-eastern Syria and call for an end to Turkey’s unilateral military intervention. Member states also expressed readiness to curb weapons exports to Turkey.

The UN’s Special Envoy in Syria Geir Pedersen also attended the meeting to outline possible long-term solutions.

“Turkey’s military intervention in north-eastern Syria undermines the progress made so far towards finding a peaceful solution and stopping Daesh, and further worsens the humanitarian situation. This conflict can only be resolved through a political transition, not by force. At the same time, political dialogue with Turkey is vital for finding a solution,” Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said.

According to the Foreign Minister, Estonia considers the creation of the Constitutional Committee of Syria on the initiative of the UN, which would include representatives appointed by the Syrian regime, the opposition and the UN, equally vital for finding a political solution. However, for this purpose, the regime must be truly committed to change.

In light of Turkey’s recent actions, the EU foreign ministers proposed to call a meeting of the coalition to counter Daesh, which also includes Turkey.

The meeting also covered Turkey’s drilling activities in the Mediterranean, which violates international law. In the spirit of solidarity with Cyprus and to protect its sovereignty, the Council considered the introduction of restrictive regulatory measures vital.

Today, the EU foreign ministers will also meet with the Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko.  


Additional information:

Britta Tarvis
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
Communication Department
+372 5194 7045

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