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Erdogan Explains Expanded “Safe Zone” In Syria, Absurdity Of Israeli Border Aspirations At UNGA

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On September 24th, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took the stand at the 74th UN General Assembly for his turn to speak. During his address he channeled his inner Benjamin Netanyahu showing colorful maps.

Erdogan Explains Expanded "Safe Zone" In Syria, Absurdity Of Israeli Border Aspirations At UNGA

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He spoke of an expanded “safe zone” in northern Syria that could include as many as 3 million people and stretch up to 50 miles, almost up to Raqqa. He said that it was time to open resettlement for Syrian refugees that currently live in Turkey.

“If this safe zone can be declared, we can resettle confidently somewhere between 1 to 2 million refugees. Whether with the US or the coalition forces, Russia and Iran, we can walk shoulder to shoulder, hand in hand so refugees can resettle, saving them from tent camps and container camps.”

He said he was hoping to establish a corridor with an initial depth of 30km (18 miles) and a length of 480km, enabling the settlement of up to 2 million Syrians, adding that “if we can extend the depth of this safe zone to a Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor line, we can increase the number of Syrians who will return from Turkey, Europe and other parts of the world.”

The expanded zone would then be able to contain up to 3 million people. The plan would require a international UN-donor led conference, with countries that house many Syrian refugees such as Jordan and Lebanon, and they would need to provide financial help to return the displaced people.

The other map Erdogan showed was a stab at Israel, thus he essentially channeled his inner “counter-Netanyahu”.

Erdogan Explains Expanded "Safe Zone" In Syria, Absurdity Of Israeli Border Aspirations At UNGA

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“Israel, which was almost non-existent in 1947, has continued until this day to seize Palestinian land with the aim of eliminating the state and the Deal of the Century will support those territorial ambitions,” Erdogan said.

“Where are the borders of the State of Israel? Is it the 1947 borders, the 1967 borders or is there another border that we need to know of?” he asked, clearly related to Netanyahu’s recent expansion promises in the West Bank and beyond.

“I am quite curious, what about this map of Israel? Where is Israel? Where does the land of Israel begin and end? Look at this map, where was Israel in 1947 and where is Israel now, especially between the years between 1949 and 1967?” Erdogan said.

The Turkish President then pointed to the map and said, “Look, this is 1947. The land of Palestine. There is seemingly almost no Israeli presence on this lands, the entire territory belongs to the Palestinians.”

He further condemned the US recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory.

“How can the Golan Heights and the West Bank settlements be seized just like other occupied Palestinian territories before the eyes of the world?” Erdogan asked.

In Erdogan’s view, the Trump Administration’s plan wished to destroy Palestinian statehood with the unreleased plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“Is the aim of the initiative to promote, as the ‘Deal of the Century,’ to entirely eliminate the presence of the state and the people of Palestine? Do you want another bloodshed?” Erdogan asked. “All actors of the international community, and in particular, the UN, should provide complete support to the Palestinian people beyond more promises.”

The Turkish President said he supported a two-state solution on the pre-1967 line and warned the US that any other resolution would not work.

“Any other peace plan other than this will never have a chance of being fair [and] just, and it will never be implemented,” Erdogan said. “Today, the Palestinian territory under Israeli occupation has become one of the most striking places of injustice.”

Finally, in a short mention, Erdogan said that nuclear energy should either be free for everybody in the world, or should be completely banned.

He warned that the “inequality” between states which have nuclear power and those which do not undermines global balances.

“The position of nuclear power should either be forbidden for all or permissible for everyone,” Erdogan said.

The Turkish President also attended the UN Climate Action Summit.

He made several statements.

  • Climate change is a global problem that knows no borders;
  • Turkey is a regional leader in renewable energy;
  • We will have transitioned to zero waste system in nearly 400 thousand residences by 2023.

Essentially, in his address to the UN General Assembly and the Climate Action Summit, Erdogan’s aspirations for Turkey to have a larger role on the global scene and for himself to be a sort of spokesperson for Muslims everywhere are becoming more and more apparent.

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  • Zionism = EVIL

    ErDOGan is a total Zionist patsy shithead and a coward, I need not elaborate any further after the pathetic licking Zionist arse post Mavi Marmara Turkey shoot..

    • Xoli Xoli

      Erdogan is a snake if he fails to get what he wants from Putin he runs to USA just to make both sides jealous to be or not to be with him.

  • verner

    he’s wrong on the safe zone which needs to become a nullity – thus nothing but syrian land (which thought is backed by Russia) and the washington morons out on their broad behinds, like in so many other places.

    on israel, it’s too late for the 2 state solution a la 1967. just one thing to do and that is to annihilate the place and allow the vermin, the plague infested vermin, to run to anywhere where they can find solace. it won’t be easy to find the caring soul/country prepared to receive them but they can always ask and if they pay up a green card would most likely be achievable for the ones that can pay and then aipac can pay for the rest that can’t afford a green card.

  • jm74

    Why have a safe zone for refugees when they must have an originated from some district in Syria. Looks more like that Erdogan plans to settle Turks/terrorists in the safe zone then hold a referendum so that Turkey can annex the safe zone.

    • Xoli Xoli

      True his aim is to settle terrorists just by pulling in both Russia and USA with his insanity.

  • d’Artagnan

    Erdogan is playing by the Israeli textbook in justifying the illegal occupation a large swathe of Syrian territory. It is a blatant annexation on the Golan and Palestine model and Erdogan hopes that joint patrols with the US will provide safety to the Turkish occupation troops.

    • Xoli Xoli

      Exactly that what he Hope’s for.

  • Johan

    Sdf dump the US they are Unreliabel and will stab you in the back even today they admit to cowardly leave you and northeast Syria! This is no more as an invitation to Turkey to do the invasion. And the European cowards are not moving, you are cheated by those you protected. Nor the US nor Europe nor UN will install a no fly zone or protect you. Tray to get anti aircraft rockets form the Israelies or Saudis this is the only way to stay free otherwise the next Turkish ethnic genocide will happen. Sorry, sorry to be from the west. Maybe you should make NOW a GOOD deal with Syria and have support and antiaircraft weapons from there.

  • Johan

    If Turkey invades N-E Syria attack them them in Turkey, on the seas ( perfect easy and against the Turkish elite’s investments, a fast small boat with one or two well placed rockets), in the air, in their Turkish homes, on the shores, the bridges, the watersuplies lakes, the electricty and broadcastings. If they want to destroy you and your people have no pity take them out where you can in small groupes,all over the world they have assets. The territory is so vast, the possibilities so hugh and the selected target so immense, the combined tension on Erdogan will be devastating.