According to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish Armed Forces launched its military operation on the territory of Syria in order “to end the rule of the tyrant al-Assad.”
The Turkish Army launched its military operation on the territory of Syria in order to put an end to the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the first Inter-Parliamentary Jerusalem Platform Symposium in Istanbul on November 29.
“In my estimation, nearly 1 million people have died in Syria. These deaths are still continuing without exception for children, women and men. Where is the United Nations? What is it doing? Is it in Iraq? No. We preached patience but could not endure in the end and had to enter Syria together with the Free Syrian Army [FSA],” Erdogan said during his speech.
“Why did we enter? We do not have an eye on Syrian soil. The issue is to provide lands to their real owners. That is to say we are there for the establishment of justice. We entered there to end the rule of the tyrant al-Assad who terrorizes with state terror. [We didn’t enter] for any other reason,” the Turkish President added.
Erdogan also said that justice could not be provided by the UN with its current structure. He noted that the Security Council should include all continents and all belief groups around the world instead of the five permanent members – “the world is bigger than five,” he stressed, referring to the number of permanent members of the Security Council.
An operation of the Turkish Armed Forces on the territory of Syria, dubbed Operation Euphrates Shield, was launched on August 24. Officially, the main goal of the Turkish Army and its allied fighters of the FSA is to clear the southern border of the country from terrorists of the Islamic State (IS) group and fighters of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which is considered by Ankara as a terrorist group, linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is outlawed in Turkey.
It is interesting, how is Russia going to react on such statements and actions of its partner?