Turkey, US To Set Up "Joint Operation Centre" For North Syria: Ministry
Aug 09 2019
The safe zone plan was seen by Washington as a means of preventing Ankara from cracking down across the Syrian border on Kurdish militias, against whom it has been waging a low-intensity war for four decades.
The statement added that the delegations agreed on several points to forestall a Turkish incursion, notably a safe zone, referred to as a "peace corridor", for displaced Syrians returning to their country. "S. actions", said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.
"For some time, Turkey's armed forces have deployed on the Syrian border".
Jia Kurd and a second top Kurdish politician said the fruits of US-Turkish talks remained unclear.
The safe zone impasse is just one of several disputes between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners. "In that framework, to quickly create in Turkey a joint operation center to coordinate and manage the implementation of the safe zone with the United States". "The Turks want a deeper zone than the one we think makes sense", James Jeffrey said.
Washington has proposed a two-tiered safe zone, with a five-kilometre demilitarized strip bolstered by an additional nine kilometres cleared of heavy weapons.
Turkey's top diplomat also delivered remarks on the Constitutional Committee of Syria and said the trilateral meeting - between leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran - was slated for September 11 in Turkey. We would prefer to act together with our American ally. Over U.S. objections, Turkey had argued for a larger safe zone and for sole Turkish control over the area.
Turkey's defense ministry announced the breakthrough on Wednesday, after three days of talks.
Neither side said whether they had overcome two main points that had divided them.
This latest agreement, however, seems to have brought the United States and Turkey closer together. "It is not normal for talks to go on this long", he said.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government considers the Syrian Kurdish fighters leading a US -backed force in Syria a threat to Turkey's own security.
"Turkey can not feel safe as long as this structure along our southern border, which is growing like a cancer, is not eliminated", he told Turkish diplomats in Ankara.
It has already sent troops into northern Syria twice in recent years targeting the Kurdish fighters.
"God willing, we will take the process we started with the Euphrates Shield to a very different level very soon", he said.