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Tánaiste’s statement on situation in north-eastern Syria


Tánaiste’s statement on situation in north-eastern Syria


“I am deeply troubled by Turkey’s announcement earlier today of the launching of a military operation in north-eastern Syria.


The fight against ISIS made decisive progress earlier this year. Any unilateral military action against those groups which played a decisive frontline role in the fight against ISIS risks undermining this progress. Such action could also lead to further protracted instability and have serious humanitarian consequences. We urge Turkey to refrain from this action.


While we understand Turkey’s security concerns about its own territory, unilateral military action cannot be condoned.  


The protection of civilians and respect for international humanitarian law must be paramount and any refugee returns must be voluntary, safe and dignified.”


Press Office
9 October 2019 

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