ERBIL — The European Union Parliament has called on Turkey to end its offensives against the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin and withdraw its forces from the region.
“Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch in the Kurdish-controlled province of Afrin has added a new dimension to the conflict in Syria, raising additional humanitarian concerns and worries about the negative impacts on the delicate internal balances in Syria and/or the efforts towards a negotiated solution,” reads a non-biding motion adopted by the EU parliament.
It has already expressed concern over the reports of civilian casualties in Afrin and its surrounding areas.
“A high number of civilian casualties has already been reported and that hundreds more civilian lives are at risk; whereas the VP/HR, on behalf of the EU, has clearly voiced these concerns, calling on the Turkish Government to stop its offensive and highlighting the need to focus on defeating the UN-listed terrorist organisations.”
The motion is considered the second EU parliament’s call on Ankara to halt its military offensives on Afrin since its beginning on 20th January.