NATO says not discussing no-fly zone, safe zone in Syria

Expecting Turkey to conduct a cross-border operation unilaterally to help save the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani is not realistic, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said

NATO says not discussing no-fly zone, safe zone in Syria

World Bulletin/News Desk

Establishing a no-fly zone or a safe zone inside Syria, proposals Turkey has been advocating to a U.S.-led coalition against ISIL, has not been discussed by NATO, the alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday.

"I believe there is no simple and straightforward way out of the problems we are seeing," Stoltenberg said in a joint press conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusaoglu. "It has not been on the table of any NATO discussions," he said, referring to the safe zone plans.

Expecting Turkey to conduct a cross-border operation unilaterally to help save the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani is not realistic, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on his part.

"It is not realistic to expect Turkey to conduct a ground operation on its own. We are holding talks.... Once there is a common decision, Turkey will not hold back from playing its part," Cavusoglu said.

Turkey's foreign minister has called on citizens not to be provoked by the latest pro-Kurdish protests concerning the situation in Kobani.

Cavusoglu stressed that Turkey was on Kobani's side, amid nationwide protests sparked because of  ISIL, militants penetrating the Syrian Kurdish border town, also known as Ayn al-Arab, on Monday. 

"Our brothers –citizens of Kurdish origin -- who are battling among themselves to benefit the current situation and who are trying to damage public property, must know that Turkey is on Kobani's side," Cavusoglu said during the press conference.

The protesters claim that the Turkish government has allegedly done nothing to halt the relentless advance of militant group in the Syrian city, which has become a scene of fierce street battles between Kurdish groups and ISIL. At least 23 people have been killed in demonstrations across Turkey since Tuesday.

The foreign minister also reiterated the importance of establishing a no-fly zone and a safe haven in Syria near the Turkish border which are priorities if Turkey is to take part in an international coalition.

 

Last Mod: 09 Ekim 2014, 13:44
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