SOHR: Protests in northern Syria slam Turkish minister’s remarks
Tons of of Syrian opposition supporters rallied Friday in northwestern Syria, together with outdoors a Turkish military put up, to denounce remarks by Turkey’s overseas minister urging for a reconciliation with Syrian President Bashar Assad.
On Thursday, Turkish Overseas Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu instructed reporters that Turkey helps a political reconciliation between Syrian opposition factions and Assad’s authorities — for the sake of peace.
Although this stance by Ankara just isn’t new in precept, Cavusoglu’s remarks have been interpreted by some as a betrayal of the Syrian opposition after years of Turkish help.
Since Syria’s civil struggle broke out following an anti-Assad rebellion in 2011, Turkey has been the primary backer of the opposition. Turkey additionally hosts 3.65 million Syrians who fled the struggle at house.
Turkey has additionally lengthy negotiated on the worldwide stage on behalf of Syrian factions against Assad and has supported armed teams whereas bringing components of northern Syria below Turkish and Turkish-backed opposition management by way of cross-border army operations.
Within the protest Friday outdoors a Turkish army put up within the northwestern Syrian city of Mastoumeh, demonstrators chanted that the “Turkish military is a traitor” and that “Syrian persons are not on the market.”
“We don’t wish to reconcile with the killer of youngsters,” learn a placard carried by a Syrian boy in Mastoumeh, a reference to Assad.
There have been additionally studies of in a single day protests within the northern Syrian cities of Azaz, al-Bab, Afrin, Tel Abyad in addition to Idlib, which is the last-remaining rebel-held space.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated offended protesters within the city of Azaz stormed safety headquarters after which marched to the native council constructing the place they introduced down the Turkish flag and burned it.
In Azaz, protesters sprayed graffiti on the partitions, studying, “Down with Turkey and down with the regime!” whereas others carried posters denouncing Cavusoglu.
There have been requires the elimination of all Turkish flags from the northern components of Syria, the Observatory stated.
In his remarks, Cavusoglu additionally said that Turkey has had no diplomatic contacts with Syria since their ties have been severed in 2012, however added that in 2021, he had an off-the-cuff dialog together with his Syrian counterpart, Faisal Mekdad, on the sidelines of a Non-Aligned Motion summit in Belgrade, Serbia.
“Now we have to in some way reconcile the opposition and the Syrian regime. In any other case there may be no lasting peace,” Cavusoglu stated Thursday.
His remarks adopted a query on whether or not Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would possibly converse with Assad quickly. Cavusoglu stated Russian President Vladimir Putin has for years urged the 2 leaders to talk and that Erdogan has most popular the 2 nations’ intelligence companies talk with each other — which they’ve completed on and off, and have now resumed.
On Friday, the overseas ministry printed a press release reaffirming its help of the Syrian opposition and saying that Turkey has labored arduous to discover a answer for Syria’s battle “in step with the authentic aspirations of the Syrian individuals.”
“Our solidarity with the Syrian individuals will proceed,” the assertion stated.
Source: Global News Portal