Germany: Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer proposes to create an internation security zone in Syria. Setting it up under the aegis of the United Nations would make it an internationally monitored safe zone, which would help protect the mostly-Kurdish population in the area against the Turkish military.
The UN Security Council is the body to consider whether Germany’s proposal to establish an international security zone in northern Syria under United Nations auspices is acceptable, spokesperson Farhan Haq said, Trend reports citing Sputnik.
“Any such decision would have to be considered by member states, notably the Security Council,” Haq said on Wednesday.-en.trend.az
A draft resolution that EU legislators will adopt on Thursday and has the backing of all political groups in the assembly urges “appropriate and targeted economic measures against Turkey”.
The text, which is still subject to minor changes, calls for the freezing of preferential treatment for Turkish agriculture exports to the EU.
As a last-resort sanction, it also urges the suspension of the EU customs union with Ankara, a measure that would hit the 200-billion-euro ($222.3 billion) annual trade between the 28 EU nations and Turkey.
Although European lawmakers have no direct say on trade-related sanctions, they wield clout in their ability to, for instance, reduce the nearly 250-million-euro yearly financing given to Ankara as part of its protracted process to become an EU member, an option backed by the center-right group.
The parliament could also block any new EU funding to help Turkey handle the 3 million Syrian refugees on its territory, many of whom Ankara would like to resettle in the “safe zone”.
The text, seen by Reuters, “firmly rejects” Turkey’s safe zone ambitions and also urges sanctions against Turkish officials responsible for alleged human rights abuses in the offensive into the Kurdish-controlled region of north Syria.
It also calls for a U.N. Security Council resolution to set up a north Syria security zone under a United Nations mandate.