A Turkish drone strike killed two officials from the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria on Tuesday. The Kurdish- led administration was joined by Turkey’s HDP and the US State Department in publicly condemning the attacks, amidst calls on the international community to intervene.
The 20th round of Astana Peace Talks on Syria witnessed crucial discussions on Tuesday, with the Syrian delegation yet again firmly asserting that the normalisation of relations between Syria and Turkey is contingent upon the complete withdrawal of Turkish forces from Syrian territories.
Iraqi Kurdish Prime Minister Masrour Barzani met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday in an effort to resume oil exports via the Kurdistan Region of Iraq – Turkey pipeline. While the two leaders “agreed on the importance of strengthening bilateral relations”, the Iraqi Kurdistan flag was not displayed at the meeting.
The court case regarding the 1993 Turkish military operation in Turkey’s Kurdish-majority district of Lice has been dropped after 30 years. The ‘Lice Massacre’ stands as one of the most severe human rights abuses committed by the Turkish Armed Forces during the 1990’s Turkish-Kurdish conflict.
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