Canada condemns Turkish military incursion in northern Syria as destabilizing
Published Wednesday, October 9, 2019 6:06PM EDTLast Updated Wednesday, October 9, 2019 6:28PM EDTOTTAWA -- Canada has joined its major allies on Wednesday in firmly condemning Turkey's military incursion into northern Syria.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland made Canada's position clear in a series of late-afternoon tweets, saying the unilateral action by Turkey risks rolling back the progress against Islamic State militants, also known as Daesh.
Turkey's military action is targeting Kurdish forces, and comes after U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly decided Sunday that American troops would stand aside -- a radical shift in American foreign policy."Canada firmly condemns Turkey's military incursion into Syria today," Freeland said on Twitter.
"This unilateral action risks undermining the stability of an already-fragile region, exacerbating the humanitarian situation and rolling back progress achieved by the Global Coalition Against Daesh, of which Turkey is a member."We call for the protection of civilians and on all parties to respect their obligations under international law, including unhindered access for humanitarian aid."
Trump's decision to withdraw from Syria drew widespread condemnation internationally and across party lines within the U.S. because it is widely seen as abandonment of the Syrian Kurdish fighters who have been America's sole allies in Syria fighting the Islamic State group.
Trump said he wanted to end American involvement in what he called "these endless, senseless wars."Tens of millions of Kurds live on land divided among Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria, comprising sizable minority populations in each country, and many seek a separate state.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to create a "safe zone" free of Kurdish fighters, which it views as terrorists aligned with Kurdish rebels inside Turkey."We will preserve Syria's territorial integrity and liberate local communities from terrorists," Erdogan said shortly after the start of what he calls "Operation Peace Spring."
After the Turkish attack began, Trump called it a "bad idea," and Germany and the European Union, among others, have also criticized it.Trump said he would ensure Turkey lived up to a commitment to protect civilians and religious minorities, including Christians, and to prevent a humanitarian crisis. He also called on Turkey to ensure that captured Islamic fighters remain in custody.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas condemned the Turkish invasion "in the strongest possible terms" and called for its peaceful ending.European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker also called on Turkey to end the operation, and said that "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."
Turkey is a member of the NATO alliance, along with Canada, the United States and many European countries, but it is not a member of the European Union."Trump's craven and ill-advised retreat in Syria is a betrayal of our Syrian Kurdish partners, will instigate further fighting, embolden a still-not-defeated ISIS, and reward our adversaries -- Russia, Iran and the Assad government (in Syria). It will also do considerable harm to America's credibility as the global leader," said Nicholas Burns, a former undersecretary of state for political affairs for ex-president George W. Bush.
Canadian Forces troops used to train Kurdish security forces in neighbouring Iraq, but have since shifted focus to leading the NATO training mission for Iraqi state security forces, a commitment that extends to 2021.Canadian special forces worked in close contact with Kurdish fighters, known as the peshmerga, for more than three years to stop the advance of the Islamic State across northern Iraq.
But the 2017 decision by Kurdish political leaders to hold an independence referendum ended up alienating Canada and most of its allies."The year 2017 was disastrous for Iraqi Kurdistan," said a report by the International Crisis Group because of the "ill-timed" referendum.
"Not only did they lose control of large swathes of the disputed territories and incur the wrath of just about every important global or regional power except Israel, but they also deepened political polarization in the Kurdish region amid reciprocal cries of betrayal when the curtain came down on the referendum gamble."
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 9, 2019.This unilateral action risks undermining the stability of an already-fragile region, exacerbating the humanitarian situation and rolling back progress achieved by the Global Coalition Against Daesh, of which Turkey is a member.
— Chrystia Freeland (@cafreeland)We commend the important role that Turkey has played in hosting Syrian refugees and stress that legitimate security concerns should be addressed diplomatically and in full respect of international law. Read more: CTV News »
Like anyone gives a sh*t what Freeland and Canada thinks! Our credibility dressed up in ceremonial Indian dress and danced like an idiot in front of the world and then wore black face and shoved a banana down its pants! Good morning sorry the turkish incursion into Syria disturb you so please don't bring any one back.
Oooh Scary Zero influence and Pathetically Powerless Canada doesn't approve!!! Canada 🇨🇦 condemns. Response from the World to Canada 🇨🇦 LOLOLO LOLOLO Canada 🇨🇦 and it’s foreign Policy and Foreign Minister are a total JOKE ! Butts must have woken up the gnome. Unfortunately. So what are we actually doing about it besides commenting on Twitter?
Attempted regime change in Venezuela is not destabilization?. Or, justifying the coup in Ukraine. She kidnapped a Chinese chick for her bosses & caused lots of destabilizing for the economy. Destabilization is part of her job description. 💁🙊🍻 How do we call ourselves a “Nation of Peacekeepers” while selling war technology to the Saudi and sitting idly by while genocides unfold? Get your ass to the UN, sister! cafreeland JustinTrudeau
Will CanadianPM enter a motion to expel Turkey from NATO ? Syria or Iraq? WOW I was so worried we'd not say anything, I am relieved We need to do more than just say that its bad! But the Government of Canada supports Israeli genocide on the Palestinian people and the Israeli Occupation of the Golan Heights. The Government of Canada also supports and supplies Saudi Arabia with arms to murder Civilians of Yemen. Hypocrite!!!!.
Bullshit, Canada always backed the United States and its irrational behaviour, where the Fck is the United Nations and the United Nations Security Council, absentee landlords Canada condemns it’s NATO ally. Ahh yes, destabilizing syria after the US stabilized it with operation timber sycamore Hopefully we'll have a competent government to deal with the world soon. elxn43
Well do something freeland Trump is working for Putin paving his way to take over all those countries, have them kill off each other Freeland did the very least she could do, and this stage of the 'game' for a Liberal that is best. What trump has done is inhuman. Trudeau thinks Baghdad is in Syria, I'm sure they can't put together enough brain power to condemn.
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