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Syria: Ankara still calls Washington on the buffer zone in the North-East

2019-09-10T17:02:34.084Z

Turkey is unhappy with the situation on its border with Syria. After lengthy negotiations, Ankara managed last month to convince Washington to create a buffer zone in northeastern Syria. Binding the Kurds, his enemies ...



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US and Turkish military patrol on the border between Turkey and Syria. September 8th. BULENT KILIC / AFP

Turkey is unhappy with the situation on its border with Syria. After lengthy negotiations, Ankara managed last month to convince Washington to create a buffer zone in northeastern Syria. Forcing the Kurds, his sworn enemies, to withdraw from this region. But Turkey now believes that US efforts are inadequate.

Washington has responded favorably to the creation of this buffer zone desired by Turkey to protect its Syrian Kurdish allies. On the front line in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria, the Kurds are nevertheless considered as terrorists by Ankara, who promised to eradicate them if they did not move away from its border.

At the end of August, an agreement is found. The Kurds retreat and the Turkish and American armies take over to jointly patrol in northeastern Syria.

But this Tuesday, the head of Turkish diplomacy said these efforts insufficient. The exact contours of this buffer zone, Ankara believes, are still too vague.

One of the objectives of the " security zone ", according to Turkish officials, is to be able to return some of the 3.6 million Syrian refugees settled on their territory.

The Kurds of Syria categorically refuse to do so. They accuse Turkey of wanting to lead a population replacement by sending Arab refugees into Kurdish territory.

Source: rfi

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