The Turkish National Security Council has said that neither the regime of Bashar al-Assad nor any terror groups should have a role in the future of Syria.
A statement from the security body came late Wednesday after a meeting chaired by President Erdogan. The statements said: “The existing regime, ISIL, and the [Syrian Kurdish] PYD-YPG, as well as any other terror groups, have no role in the future of Syria.”
The council reiterated Turkey’s position on Syria and determination to fight terror, adding that a solution to the atrocities in Syria cannot be achieved with Bashar al-Assad, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) or any other terrorist organization.
The meeting also discussed the developments in Syria and its impact on the stability and security of Turkey and the region. It reviewed the latest developments concerning a political solution in Syria.
The statement reaffirmed Turkey’s determination to continue to support the Syrian Turkmens and opposition groups.
The council was briefed on Russia’s joint activities with the Assad regime in Syria. It was underscored during the meeting that Turkey acted in concert with its allies and the international coalition to restore stability in the region.
The Syrian Coalition has repeatedly stressed that “Russia is following in the footsteps of the murderous Assad regime in deliberately and unabashedly targeting civilians seeing them as easy and slow-moving targets. Through its airstrikes on Syria, Russia has mainly ravaged peaceful villages and towns and killed unarmed civilians since day one.”
“Russia and the Assad regime continue to violate UN Security Council resolution 2254 which calls for an immediate cessation of all attacks against civilians. These violations, however, have been met with absolute silence by the international community, which serves the Assad regime’s efforts to prevent any political solution,” the Syrian Coalition added.
Member of the political committee Fuad Aliko earlier stressed that the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) does not offer a real Kurdish project; is a proxy of the Assad regime; and has nothing to do with the rights of the Kurds. Aliko cited the PYD’s prevention of Peshmerga forces to enter Syria in 2015 to protect the Kurds from ISIS’s onslaught. (Source: Syrian Coalition + Agencies)