A senior Syrian legislator lashed out at Turkey for proposing the creation of a buffer zone in Syria, describing the plan as violation of the international laws.
“Ankara is after the creation of a buffer zone in North of Syria to have a safe region empty of the ISIL members and to revive the dissident militias in a bid to both please the US and guarantee decline in Syria’s power,” Jamal Rabe’eh told FNA on Monday.
“Turkey’s plan to create a buffer zone is violation of all international laws which emphasize on the necessity for respecting all UN members’ sovereignty, and it will hit a heavy blow at attempt to find a solution to the crisis in Syria,” he added.
Rabe’eh, meantime, stressed the failure of Ankara’s plan, and said the US is also well aware that creation of a buffer zone in Syria is not practical due to Russia and China’s opposition to a resolution which approves such a plan.
In relevant remarks on Saturday, a senior advisor to the former Syrian president warned that Turkey’s proposal to create a buffer zone in Northern Syria was a plot to further suppress the Kurdish population.
“When Turkey announced that it will fight against the ISIL, it meant to use the US-led coalition and it actually wanted to fight against the Kurds and not fighting against terrorism,” George Jabour told FNA.
“Turkey’s measure to create a buffer zone at the border with Syria shows that today Ankara is not in a stable position at the present juncture in the region,” he added.
Jabour underlined that Turkey would not be able to create a completely safe zone for itself in Syria.
His remarks came after media reported that the Turkish forces were ready for military intervention in Syria under the pretext of creating a buffer zone to protect the Turkish borders against the threat of the terrorist groups.
In October, Syria’s Foreign Ministry rejected foreign powers’ talk about imposing a buffer zone on Syrian soil.
“The Turkish attempts to establish a buffer zone on the Syrian soil is a flagrant violation to the charters of the UN and international law,” the ministry said in a statement.
It added that “Syria totally rejects the establishment of a buffer zone on any part of its terrain under any pretext and also rejects the foreign military intervention on its soil”.
The ministry stressed that the Syrian government would take all necessary measures to protect its national sovereignty and the unity of its territories after consulting with other countries.
The statement came as Turkey had been floating the idea of setting up a buffer zone on the Syrian side of the borders under many pretexts, mainly to solve the issue of the Syrian refugees on Turkish soil.