Damascus has rejected the new Turkish-U.S. “peace corridor” agreement on northeastern Syria calling it a “flagrant aggression” against country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
A source in the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates told the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on August 8 that Damascus sees the agreement as a blatant aggression against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country and a flagrant violation of the principles of the international law and the UN Charter.
“This agreement has very clearly exposed the US-Turkish partnership in the aggression against Syria which serves the interest of the Israeli occupation entity and the Turkish expansionist ambitions and it unequivocally exposed the misleading and evasiveness which govern the policies of the Turkish regime,” the source added.
Turkey and the U.S. announced the initial agreement, a day earlier. While the agreement doesn’t specify the steps that both sides will take to establish the “peace corridor,” Turkish sources claim that Kurdish forces will be moved out of the zone.
Damascus held the Kurdish side responsible for the agreement, calling on Kurdish forces to take a stand and defend the country’s sovereignty.
“Some of the Syrian sides of the Kurdish citizens who have been misled and accepted to be a tool and a pretext for this US-Turkish hostile project, bear the historical responsibility for that emerging situation, and it is time to reconsider their calculations and to stand by the side of all the Syrians and the Syrian Arab Army in defending the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic and its territorial integrity,” the Syrian source told SANA.
The Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which control most of the northeastern region, are yet to comment on the Turkish-U.S. agreement, or Damascus’ statement.
With Damascus rejecting it and Kurdish forces hesitating to accept it, the agreement could face the same fate as the Turkish-U.S. agreement on Manbij, which was never fulfilled.