EU voices concern over Turkish operation against Kurdish group in Sydia

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, January 22, 2018
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EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said Monday that she is “extremely worried” about the Turkish military operation in Afrin, Syria, against the Kurdish YPG fighters.

“We discussed this today with the ministers at the opening of our meeting. I am extremely worried and I will discuss this, among other things, with our Turkish interlocutors,” she told a press conference at the end of an EU foreign ministers meeting.

Mogherini indicated that her talks would be held with Turkey’s Minister for European Affairs Omer Celik, who is scheduled to visit Brussels in the coming days.

“We need to make sure that humanitarian access is guaranteed and that the civilian population and people are not suffering from military activities on the ground,” she stressed.

“We also need to make sure that any military activity is focused at anti-Da’esh, in terms of strategy,” she added, using the Arabic acronym used for the so-called Islamic State group.

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