Kiev: In connection with the Turkish military operation in northeastern Syria, the European Union noted that a reliable solution to the Syrian conflict cannot be achieved by military means.
This is stated in a statement by the head of EU diplomacy Federica Mogherini.
“The EU calls on Turkey to end unilateral military operations. The resumption of hostilities in the northeast will further undermine the stability of the entire region, increase the suffering of the civilian population and provoke further displacement. The prospects for a political process led by the UN to achieve peace in Syria will be difficult”, - she said.
According to Mogherini, such actions “threaten the progress made by the global coalition, of which Turkey is a member, in defeating the Islamic State terrorist organization, they will undermine the security of local coalition partners and worsen instability in northeastern Syria, creating fertile ground for the revival of the Islamic state ”, which remains a serious threat to regional, international and European security.
The head of European diplomacy noted that "it is unlikely that the so-called" safe zone "in northeast Syria, as stipulated by Turkey, will meet international criteria for the return of refugees established by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees".
Mogherini noted that the EU adheres to its position that “the return of refugees and internally displaced persons to their places of residence should be safe, voluntary and dignified, when conditions permit”.
“Any attempt at demographic change would be unacceptable. The EU will not assist in stabilization or development in those territories where the rights of the local population are ignored, ”the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs emphasized.
“We share the goal of ending violence, defeating terrorism and promoting stability in Syria and the entire region. Turkey is a key partner of the European Union and a crucial actor in the Syrian crisis and region, and the European Union thanks Turkey for its important role as a host country for Syrian refugees”, - Mogherini said.
At the same time, she pointed out that "Turkey’s security problems should be resolved by political and diplomatic means, not military action, and in accordance with international humanitarian law."
Mogherini also recalled that the EU continues to urge all parties to ensure the protection of civilians and unhindered, safe and reliable humanitarian access throughout Syria.
“The European Union remains committed to the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian state. This can only be achieved through a real political transition in accordance with UNSCR 2254 and the 2012 Geneva Communiqué, agreed by the Syrian parties in the framework of the UN-led Geneva process”, - she said.