If efforts to find common ground with the USA prove unsuccessful, Turkey will have to create a safe zone in Syria on its own, said Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on Friday.
However, talks on the issue will continue with a U.S. military delegation due in Turkey next Monday, ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy told a press conference.
On the issue, Turkey expects the creation of a 32-kilometer (20-mile) safe zone in northern Syria, giving Turkey control of this region, which must be cleared of the Zionist backed terrorist groups PYD/YPG, Syrian branches of the PKK.
All aspects of the safe zone and the Syrian conflict have been discussed during recent visits to Turkey by James Jeffrey, the U.S. envoy for the anti-Assad coalition. But Aksoy warned that Turkey’s patience is limited.
We won’t let this process be dragged out. If our expectations aren’t met, we are fully capable of taking whatever measures [are needed] to ensure our national security.
Turkey wants to clear the area of all terror elements and establish a “peace corridor.”
Last month, Jeffrey and Turkey’s National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar met in the capital Ankara and agreed on the establishment of a safe zone in northern Syria.
But on Thursday Jeffrey told reporters in Washington that differences with Turkey over how the zone would operate, as well as its size, are delaying the zone’s implementation.
In recent years Turkey and Washington have clashed over the terrorist PYD/YPG, branches of the terrorist PKK.
The US regime has supported these groups in the fight against terrorists, while Turkey argues that using one terror group to fight another makes no sense.
Those heavily armed mercenaries must be cleared out of any Syria safe zone.
It seems that the international community have decided to split up Syria into a Turkish zone for the Kurd’s to move to with Kobani as their capital. The US military already invaded northern Syria and its oil fields and refineries, while Israel aims at annexing southern Syria.
In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey. The USA and the EU — has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.
Syria has been locked in a vicious Zionist proxy war since early 2011, but the Bashar al-Assad government cracked down on these foreign backed terror plots with unexpected reluctance.
Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million others displaced, according to UN officials.
Stating that protecting the status of the Idlib de-escalation zone carries great importance for Ankara, Aksoy also reiterated Turkey’s commitment to the Sochi agreement which was signed with Russia last September.
Aksoy said Idlib was the main topic of the 13th round of Syria peace talks in Astana format that kicked off on Thursday in the Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan.
Touching on the termination of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), Aksoy said this situation is troubling for the security of the Euro-Atlantic region, including Turkey.
Since the U.S. and Russia signed it in 1987, the INF treaty has been widely seen as a cornerstone of European security in the post-Cold War era. It prohibits both countries from possessing and testing ground launch missiles with a range of 300-3,100 miles.
Anadolu Agency / ABC Flash Point News 2019.